Arunachal death tolls up to 15, 2 go missing in flood fury

  • All Capital Complex schools closed down: DC

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Incessant rain in the past couple of days have triggered landslides and flood like situation in Arunachal Pradesh capital and adjoining Papum Pare district, with reports of death of three persons while, another two went missing in flood water.

A 36-year-old lady identified as Sangio Yapa, died and three others injured when their bamboo dwelling house got buried by landslide debris in Takar Colony in Naharlagun on Tuesday, district disaster management officer (DDMO) Moromi Sonam said. Three persons including a two-year-old child was rescued by the relatives who sustained injuries, the official said.

A report from Papum Pare DDMO Nima Tashi informed that four persons, reportedly drowned due to heavy flood in Hollongi River at Huto village in the district on Tuesday, while another five sustained injuries.

While a dead body was retrieved and one rescued alive, the fate of the other two persons were not known, the report said adding, search and rescue operation by NDRF and SDRF are being carried out.

IMD issues red alert

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) on Tuesday said that Southwest Monsoon will advance into Bihar, some more parts of Uttar Pradesh and some parts of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir during next 24 hours.

It further informed that Southwest Monsoon would advance into remaining parts of Arabian Sea and Gujarat, some parts of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh and Delhi during subsequent 48 hours (between 30 June and 1 July).

Extremely heavy rainfall is likely over Arunachal Pradesh on June 28 and Assam & Meghalaya on June 28 and 29.

The incessant rains for last 24 hours triggered landslides at various locations in Capital Complex posing threat to traffic movement while a mother-son duo was extricated from the debris.

The debris of a massive landslide in F-sector, Naharlagun around 1 pm buried  few houses, one Kabita Roy, wife of Raju Roy, staff of a local daily and her son, were extricated from their rented house buried under debris, confirmed Naharlagun PS OC inspector Dodum Yangfo.

The flood fury of Dikrong River washed away toilet complex and potion of playground of residential Abotani Niketan secondary school in Pachin Colony here on Tuesday, while posing serious threat to the boys’ hostel. The school has been closed for a week, owner Tai Tagak said.

Minor landslides occurred at few locations between Papu Nallah to Itanagar, but the hillock just after the turning point of along NH-415 poses serious threat, two office goers told this daily after returning from their Itanagar offices. In case of landslide of the hillock, the NH would be completely blocked to prevent traffic movement, they added.

There was no power supply since Tuesday morning and on inquiry it was learnt that a power transmission tower inside caved in by strong current of Dikrong River snapping power supply.

E-Siang close schools for two days

PASIGHAT, Jun 28: Flood in East Siang has affected schools due to water-logging triggered by incessant rainfall for last few days.

Keeping in mind the safety of children due to the incessant heavy rainfall, the district administration has directed all schools both government and private, to remain closed for two days on June 29 and 30 next. (DIPRO)

The report further stated that as many as 10 people came under landslide at Kokila Village under Balijan circle of the district, while one died and the other nine miraculously escaped.

Landslides and flood like situation have been reported from various parts of Capital Complex – Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa areas, causing extensive damage to dwellings, roads and buildings, the DDMO said.

The approach road to under-construction Hollongi Donyi Polo Greenfield Airport was submerged by flood water, while several low-lying areas in the state capital were also flooded.

Most of rivers, rivulets and streams in the state capital are in high spate threatening human settlements and vital roads in the capital.

Four houses were also badly damaged at Kokila village while another two at Huto village under Hollongi, the report said.

Four persons were reportedly drowned due to heavy floods in Hollongi River at Huto village while 5 injured persons rescued by villagers were referred to TRIHMS for further treatment. Search and rescue operation by NDRF and SDRF are being carried out to retrieve the bodies.  Out of four persons, 2 persons were retrieved, one died and other one was rescued alive, after receiving first aid, he was referred to TRIHMS for further treatment.

As a preventive measure, Papum Pare district administration has cautioned the people to avoid residing in vulnerable areas and to move in safer places or designated relief camps during heavy rainfall.

The Capital district administration in view of the continuous rain and extensive damages, has directed to close all schools in the state capital for three days from June 29 until further order.

Further the administration has closed the Itanagar-Hollongi-Gohpur road for two days from June 19, as several stretches of the road were damaged where restoration work would be carried out.

Reports of landslides and flood were also reported from various districts of the state.

Two persons were buried alive by debris in along Aalo-Basar road. While one was shorting for help, the other was incommunicado, witnesses told this daily.

Pasighat-Pangin road at Sille Korong Bridge closed, DC & SP inspect for alternate road.

The road which links Tarasso circle has been disconnected at Ramghat bridge point due to swelling Tubung River. Moreover, half of the bridge over Magoni River in Balijan circle was washed away.

With Tuesday’s death, landslide and flood related casualties in the state rose to 15 since April this year.

A 16-year-old boy was killed in a massive landslide in Papum Pare district on June 19 last while, three employees of a hotel died when a massive landslide swept away the building on June 18, near Angkaling village under Kalaktang sub-division of West Kameng district.

Five persons died and several others injured after two heavy landslides hit Itanagar on May 17 this year.

Earlier, three people died in Kurung Kumey district on April 19 due to landslides.

Chatrang River is overflowing for last few days amid incessant heavy rains submerging Gohpur town including homes in Biswanath district of Assam to turn the situation worse. The NDRF has been deployed in rescue mission.


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