1,000 hit, 15 families uprooted by Siang River abnormal tide

  • Tayeng rehabilitates uprooted families

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Aug 30: Over 1,000 families living along Siang River have been affected by the river’s unusual high but muddy waves, Mebo legislator Lombo Tayeng today said.

Siang River has always been flowing since time immemorial with plain water but the present muddy water clearly indicated something wrong on its upper side either in China or in Tsangfo River. The mud has silted over huge area on river bed diverting the water flow, he told media persons on the sideline of Assembly session here.

Pointing out that 15 families of  Seram-Ramku village lost their home and hearth as the waves washed away their houses while most of the inhabitants on left bank have been evacuated to safe places, he said, adding that he has assured them required CGI sheets and Rs one lakh each for their rehabilitation.

When pointed out that if he was aware that Tsangpo River has swollen due to heavy rainfall in Chinese portion with discharge of 9020 cumec on Wednesday last, as reported by Chinese Govt to its Indian counterpart, he admitted, saying that is why Siang River has changed its status. However, he said his knowledge was limited upto Gelling where Tsangpo River enters India.

When asked if he had taken up the matter with the GoAP and GoI, he disclosed that he along with East Siang DC Tamiyo Tatak had met Chief Minister Pema Khandu in New Delhi recently to give him the record of Siang fury to take up with the Centre. Moreover, he has also sent the report to Union MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju for needful action besides requesting to facilitate visit of an inter-ministerial central team to assess the situation to take precautionary steps, particularly for the affected people and those living along the downstream of the mighty river.

He also lauded WRD chief engineer (WZ) Likar Angu for directing his officers and officials who have been monitoring the situation round-the-clock to alert the inhabitants of  low lying Jarku, Paglek, SS Mission, Jarkong, Banskota, Berung, Sigar, Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing and Mer besides along both banks in case of any eventuality.

When pointed out that Upper Siang DC has also issued advisory, he said that the river stretch is mostly rocky and unlikely cause damage in that district.

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