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Four Arunachal districts reel under flood fury

By K Anurag
September 22, 2012 20:27 IST
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Flood situation in four districts of Arunchal Pradesh -- lower and upper Dibang Valley districts, Lohit and East Siang has remained grim with flood water submerging new areas forcing people to vacate their houses.

In Roing, heavy showers that continued for almost a week has severely damaged the parts of Meka-Anini highway. Heavy water logging has also occurred in Cheta, Yibuk, Ezengo and Market area of the town.

The heavy showers have also washed away the temporary bridge over Eze River that connects the plains of the district with rest parts of hills area of Hunli-Desali circle and Dibang Valley district.

In the low-lying plains of the district, Old Abali and Iduli under Roing circle were severely affected by the flooding. Most of the settlements have been flooded. The rising water level has also flooded several paddy fields in Abali and Iduli villages.

According to the meteorological reports, the southwest monsoon has been vigorous in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh during the past two days that caused heavy rainfall in the region.

Many paddy fields and ginger gardens in foothills areas such as Koronu, Simari and low lying areas of Jia, Ithili, Idili, Bolung, Parbuk, Kangkong, Katan were flooded with rain waters. Micro-Irrigation Projects at Moying, Jengpater and Gene areas were also damaged.

Rivers such as Deopani at Roing and Sisiri river at 14 km along Bomjir to Bizari road and Sine river at Dambuk are flowing above the danger level. The Dibang River overflowing Kodong Ghat near Bomjir is posing a threat to Bomjir Village.

The village link road connecting Iduli, Rukmo and Kabang Villages with the district headquarter has been disrupted due to washing away of a culvert at Aba Nallah. Approach road to an Iron Bridge linking New Abali with Jia over Getek River was also washed away on the same night.

In Lohit district flood havoc has created a panic among the people. The Deputy Commissioner strictly directed all the heads of departments and other officers to remain on an alert and remain in station. Officers are directed to remain in station.

Sector officers and in charge are appointed to monitor flood situation and to carry out search and rescue works required in each and every villages of Tezu and Sunpura area. Due to continuous rain all the rivers and tributaries are flowing above danger level.

Flood water entered in almost all the low-lying villages of Tezu and Namsai Sub-division. Altogether 16 relief camps are operating in the district with 2,332 inmates.

Flood continued to create havoc in East Siang district. The flood waters have not only damaged the standing crop but also eroded away huge area of paddy fields causing huge losses in Pokdum, Tekang, Gobo, Poglek, Labo,Bodi WRC field areas.

Flood and landslides at various places, have damaged roads and bridges on GREF road from Pasighat to Lower Dibang Valley.

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