Massive rains devastate 3 districts, CM mourns 2 killed; assures relief

* Monsoon related death tally up to 16

ITANAGAR, Sept 18: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has deeply mourned deaths of Bato Doye and Purna Bahadur Thakuria, who were reportedly washed away by sudden flood in Ego River in Dari circle of Lepa Rada district at Ego Camp. While praying for their eternal peace, the CM has assured relief would be provided as per Govt norms.

While the mortal remains of late Thakuria could be retrieved, the other one is still missing, official sources said, adding the flash flood  was triggered after a massive landslide  blockade of the river upstream.

The CM also expressed grief over the loss of lives and huge properties due to rain-triggered flash floods in several rivers and rivulets that wrecked havoc in West Siang, Siang and East Siang districts during last few days.

As Ego Bridge that connects Likabali with Lepa Rada district has been washed away by the gushing flood water, Khandu exhorted commuters to avoid Likabali-Aalo road till an alternative is put in place.

The CM is in constant touch with district administrations and departments concerned to mitigate the situation and safeguard lives and properties. The disaster management department is assessing the magnitude of damage loss to public properties while factual figures of damage are yet to be assessed as road stretches were blocked in several places.

He also ordered assessment of damage to public properties, paddy fields and other utility services in three districts. He said GoAP will assess the damages and offer relief according to norms. He also asserted the need to evolve a concrete plan to prevent damage of paddy fields by pests. However, he has appealed to one and all to remain cautious and take preventive measures as natural calamities cannot be accurately predicted. (CMO)

Monsoon related death tally up to 16

AONS adds: With death of two more, the monsoon related death tally in Arunachal Pradesh in 2020 rose to 16.

July 1o: Seven persons were killed by landslide at Tigdo and Modirijo villages along NH-415

June 25: A minor girl was buried by landslide debris in Doni Colony, Itanagar, who was declared ‘brought dead’ by RK Mission hospital around 8.17 AM.

June 25: One Mohsin Ali, 30, while fishing in Pachin River in Barpani area at Naharlagun, was drowned to death around 1.30 pm and his body was recovered from Lower Pachin.

June 13:  Dorjee Tsering, 40, fell into ferocious Siang River from Paying hanging bridge and his mortal remains remained untraced.

June 11: A woman, 36, got drowned in Lagun River near G-Extension, Naharlagun and her mortal remains were recovered next day from Nirjuli.

May 25: Three of a family (a woman, 27 and her son, 7, and daughter, 3) were buried alive when their house came under the landslide in Arzoo village of Dibang Valley district triggered by incessant rains.

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