Arunachal rivers in spate | Flood wash away Siku River embankment, Lohit River guide wall

PASIGHAT, July 13: The embankment of Siku Bridge, few km from here, was  washed away by turbulent  g current of the river on Saturday morning while  water level of Siang, Siku, Sibo-korong River and other tributaries showed raising trend.

East Siang DC Dr. Kinny Singh conducted field visits to assess ground reality and held series of meetings with DDMO, WRD PWD (HW), BRO and departments concerned. She has directed all officers, officials and HoDs to remain in station till further order and remain alert.

She with officers also visited Siku bridge area for spot assessment. However, in an order u/s 144 Cr.PC she prohibited entry of heavy vehicle on bridge above one-ton capacity and no traffic movement during 7 PM to 5 AM for next seven days. Meanwhile, highway engineers assisted by BRO have taken up restoration works despite heavy downpour.

Meanwhile, United Social Responsive Movements (USRMs) and Nanyi Gagi Heritage Trust (NGHT) conducted social service phase-II at Komlighat Pasighat involving all HoDs and members of AYANG Trust  & Green Dreamers.

AYANG chairman Aini Taloh, Green Dreamers president Bengam Mengu, NGHT president Talom Mize and USRMs chairman Karunath Pazing lauded the participants and all possible help in future for such initiatives. (DIPRO)

Our Tezu Correspondent adds: Lohit River swelled by continuous downpour for the last one week turned turbulent and washed away 150-m boulder coated guide wall (BCGW) built in 2014-15.  The mightily river flowing with high velocity carrying logs and natural vegetation washed away posing threat in  downstream, particularly Jhalukbari, TR Camp and 25th Bn ITBP camp.

The BCGW built technically to face high spate of the river but could not withstand the wrath of the nature. We had used plastic coated galvanize wire (PCGW) and adopted every technique under flood management plan (FMP), but indomitable nature unfortunately overpowered everything”, rued WRD sources.

On breached guide wall, DDMO Damchen Norbu cited rampant sand and boulder quarries as one of the major causes. He also informed about evacuating seven families from the bank of swollen Dhora Nallah. There is no loss of life till day and the water level in various rivulets is receding due to slight better weather condition”, he said.

Heavy rains continued to batter parts of Sunpura, affecting the normal life causing water-logging in some areas and New Hatiduba School. In Namsai district, major rivers including Lohit, Kamlang, Berring are flowing turbulently causing bank erosion. Three houses were damaged in Bihari Tapu under Chowkham circle and works of Silatoo Bridge & Rongalibeel flood control system have been washed away by flood.

Wet weather persists over NE

A New Delhi report adds: The cyclonic circulation over Arunachal Pradesh with a related low-pressure area and incursion of southwesterly humid winds is likely to bring a total precipitation of 150-200 mm over the next 48 hours in the NE states. Heavy to very heavy rain and thunderstorms are likely over Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, while, heavy rain and thunderstorms is possible over Arunachal Pradesh. Also, fairly widespread rain and thunderstorms are likely over Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and West Bengal. (Agency)

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