Heavy rains deluge Arunachal, halt life

Monsoon deaths up to 7

Bamang Nijar, 3 year, a nursery student of Abu Taru Memorial School, Senki Park, d/o Bamang Tachung, was drowned by flash flood in Itanagar’s BSI compound at 8.30 am on Sunday, informed Murh Hatey Academic Development Society and thanked police for help in rescue operation. It mourned her premature death and prayed for her eternal peace.

With her death, this year’s monsoon related death rose to seven including four  helicopter crash deaths.


IMD weather report

Torrential showers for last 24 hours have worsened flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh. Heavy to very heavy rainfall is likely to occur at many places on  July 9.

By  AO News Service


ITANAGAR | Jul 09 | Arunachal Pradesh, despite being a hilly state, plunged into deluge with incessant rains since Saturday that triggered over flowing rivers, massive floods, land and mudslides bringing life to a grinding halt.

State capital’s heart itself recorded huge landside, its link roads from Karsingsa and Naharlagun were delinked for longer period due to massive landslides blocking the roads.

The hanging bridge behind Naharlagun helipad carrying 300-mm diameter DI water supply line, lifeline to cater water to Naharlagun & Nirjuli towns, was washed away Sunday morning due to flash flood. Puma water supply line feeding Itanagar was also damaged inside dense jungle for which workers could not reach due to bad weather to restore, Itanagar PHED division EE Tadar Mangku said.

JEs in the field reported that all water supply lines used to tap water from small streams have been damaged but the  intensity of damages was yet to be assessed.

Thus in a meeting Sunday evening, it was planned to identify few locations to open water gallery for collection or filling of water tankers to feed Naharlagun-Nirjui, Mangku said and urged the consumers to bear the difficulties caused by natural calamities.

The landslide below Civil Secretariat here, shocked Itanagarians Sunday morning while Dree Ground point opened on Friday got blocked again by landslides. Though Nirjuli-Banderdewa road was blocked near Durga Mandir (Karsingsa) but cleared by afternoon. Road blockages were reported between Sagalee and Doimukh; Doimukh-Hoj and Potin; Kimin and Potin from 5 kilo, causing massive losses to lie and properties beyond estimates.

Nirjuli, Bage Tinali, Pachin Colony points were submerged under rain water while front side of Nirjuli Police Station looked like a pond. Vehicles steered through one-feet long water along Bage Tinali-Doimukh road while vehicles were playing up to Yupia from Naharlagun Tinali but the road was vulnerable to mudslide near Borum village.

Capital DDMO Moromi Sonam,  in a release, said that while Barapani, Senki & Chandranagar rivers were  flowing above the danger level, district disaster management authority (DDMA) with magistrates, PWD (highways), PWD capital division, police, NDRF, SDRF braving incessant rains worked since early Sunday morning. Man and machineries were put to work to restore all damaged areas.

Road blockade below Secretariat, some areas in Senki View and Lobi were immediately restored. People residing in upper colony of Chandranagar threatened by swelling Senki river were safely evacuated to a safer places while a relief camp was set up at Gyan Ganga School. Overflow of  nearby stream caused siltation like situation for 5-6 houses in Borum.

Naharlagun EAC Hento Karga, in an order, directed residents living along  Barapani bank to shift to safer places immediately.

DC i/c Talom Dupak urged Capital Complex denizens to remain alert and to take precautionary measures.

Borapani Bridge, lifeline of twin capital city, is under threat of collapse while Pachin-Borapani river has been flowing above danger line besides making inroads into nearby inhabited areas on Sunday, Naharlagun OC N Riba said, adding that the police personnel were working on their toes to face the nature’s fury.

Yomgo flows above danger line

DIPRO adds from Aaalo: Heavy rainfalls over the past few days have caused excessive damages in West Siang district with roads blocked and severely damaged in various parts. Yomgo river has been flowing above danger level posing serious threat to lives and properties in the low lying areas. WRC fields in adjacent Kabu to Aalo villages have been completely damaged.

Yomgo River was at its full spate flowing above danger level causing damages to around 15 granaries, few dwelling houses, inundated cultivated fields and caused massive soil erosions all along its bank during Saturday night. A poultry farm near T.T. Tourist Lodge was badly affected and nearly 300 chicks were drowned  while few piggery with pigs reportedly washed away by flood water. Flood water  entered newly built  T.T. Tourist Lodge.

On being alerted by district administration, those living along the river banks managed to shift too safer places during night. District administration, Army’s’ 1st Bihar Regiment and police were quick to evacuate few old women and men through boats at Rana Ghat. The Army and local youths used their country made boats to evacuate the people around 1.30 am.

Sipu River was in spate Sunday morning while  Yomgo water level started receding. Though no loss of life has been reported but trails of devastations were visible right from Wak village to Siyom Colony. DC Gamli Padu,  DDMO and other officers visited affected spots today to take stock of the situation.

Meanwhile, as IMD predicting severe rainfall for the next few days has intensified the threat from Yomgo’s rising water level,  AAPSU representative of the district has urged the GoAP to take immediate steps to mitigate the crisis by deputing men and machines to thwart any eventualities.


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