WTI, forest division offer relief to flood victims

By Our Reporter

ITANAGAR, Aug 08: Pasighat forest division led by DFO (territorial) Tashi Mize distributed relief materials to flood victims of Mer Village of East Siang district on Thursday.

The materials including edible items and livestock medicines were sponsored by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) under its rapid action project.

Mer, located on the outskirts of Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary, is around 39-km from East Siang district HQs Pasighat and surrounded by Dotung River in the east, Taro Tamak in the west and by mighty Siang in the south due to which the hamlet suffers from heavy floods annually during the monsoon and remains cut off from the rest district.

The village has around 148 households with a population of over 1200.

Addressing the locals after handing over relief items, Mize said that besides helping the villagers in this time of need, the relief was an initiative of the WTF and Pasighat forest division to spread awareness on wildlife and forest protection.

Deforestation is one of the main contributors which cause small-scale natural disasters, like floods and landslides, he said, adding “People should conserve forest resources to avoid large scale devastation in future. Deforestation and unabated destruction of flora and fauna invite natural calamities in one way or the other, which calls for  support to maintain biodiversity and ecological balance which is essential for all living organisms,” Mize said.

The HGB and locals, while expressing their gratitude to the donors for their support, conveyed their willingness to donate land in the village to set up a community conserved area (CCA).

The villagers also resolved to manage and protect the elephant corridor for movement of mammoths from Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary to Dibru-Saikhowa National Park in Assam and vice versa.

Range forest officers O Tayeng and J Geyi and forest officials of Mebo forest range, among others, were present.

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