Siang inundates Pasighat, bridge to SLSA damaged

By A O News Service

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Incessant rains battered Arunachal Pradesh in the past couple of days, triggering floods and landslides that snapped connectivity and affected lives, officials said.

In the last 24 hours, two more people died in landslides, while a search operation was underway for another two persons who went missing, they said.

After prolonged search operations, the dead body of one Momita Chakma (27) who was buried under debris of landslides at Chakma Camp-11 under Balijan circle was also retrieved on Tuesday, officials said.

In West Siang district, a construction worker engaged in the Trans Arunachal Highway project was buried alive in a landslide near Darla village.

The deceased was identified as Tilu Kalandi, a native of Laluk in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, officials said.

The search for two missing persons continued in the Huto Village of Papum Pare district. NDRF and SDRF personnel are involved in the operation, district disaster management officer Nima Tashi said.

However, search and rescue operations suspended for the due to bad weather condition, he added.

The district administration as per government norms, has provided an amount of Rs 3,800 as immediate relief along with other items to five affected persons whose houses were completely damaged under Huto Panachayat.

So far, 17 people have been killed in this year’s flood and landslides in Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.

Six labourers engaged by the 1448 Bridge Construction Company (BCC) were rescued from the flood in the Siang district. Their camp at Boleng was washed away by the overflowing Simang river.

Meanwhile, the mighty Siang River has crossed danger level and intruded East Siang district headquarters Pasighat and many nearby villages.

Our Pasighat Correspondent adds: Water levels of Siang and Silley Rivers crossed danger level due to incessant downpour during last few days that submerged 200 households forcing displacement of their occupants. Kemi hamlet is reportedly worst-hit by flood water.

East Siang district administration (DA) has prohibited vehicular movement through Sille Korong Bridge after a stretch of Pasighat-Pangin road was washed away. The old Pangin-Pasighat route, as an alternative, has been opened to divert traffic and minimize congestion.

Moreover, commuters have been advised to use MMJ, Yagrimh, Sille-Mikong Bilat roads after Pasighat-Ledum Tene-Koyu road was eroded by Remi River.

The East Siang DA recently issued warning to residents to avoid venturing into the mighty Siang River and its tributaries for swimming, fishing, collecting driftwood, etc.

Those living in low-lying areas along both banks of the river, including Jarku, Paglek, SS Mission, Jarkong, Banskota, Berung, Sigar, Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing and Mer, have been advised to be cautious. Lifting of tree logs, bamboo clamps and any other uprooted vegetative materials floating downstream in the river has been prohibited since they act as a natural flood control system.

An RCC bridge that connects Directorate of Sports, Sanghay Lhaden Sports Academy (SLSA) and other colonies in Chimpu here was destroyed by a strong river current on Tuesday morning.

Local residents have expressed concern over collapse of this crucial bridge, which serves as the lifeline for their colonies. Social worker Sangha Tagik, a local resident, accused the PWD for inordinate delay in constructing a permanent bridge. Poor quality materials were used to build a weak temporary bridge that ultimately collapsed, he alleged.

A DIPRO report informed that Local MLA Kaling Moyong accompanied by PMC Chief Councillor Okiam Moyong Borang and East Siang DC Tayi Taggu along with SP Sumit Kumar Jha and concerned officials and agencies visited the flood affected areas of Pasighat East constituency.

The team inspected washed away abutments/portions of Sille Korong Bridge, road blockage of Mongku village and also visited other flood affected areas like Boying Village, Yapgo Prayer centre, Takilalung village, affected site of newly constructed Bridge of Takilalung toYagrung village road and lower Baskota.

During the visit, the residents living in the flood affected areas also apprised the MLA their grievances for mitigation.

Moyong urged all the HoDs to be alert during such situation and be available at station to reach to the affected areas and public at any time for help.

He added that he would bring public grievances before the state government.

The DC requested the people to comply the administration order & advisories and urged them to stay alert and informed.

Our Tezu correspondent adds: Lohit River in high spate  has breached bank and posing serious threat to Fisherman Camp, Tezu Khola habitation, Jhalukbari, Tibetan Camp and 25th Bn ITBP Camp at 32 Miles.

“Four families have been shifted to safer places due to massive erosion. 25 families were shifted to safer place during last spell of flood. One family is in relief camp set up by district disaster management office (DDMO) and rests three managed by them. But there was nn loss of life and property,” Lohit DC Marge Sora said and expressed concern over the massive erosion caused to NH-13 and  the township.

“WRD Minster Mama Natung had assessed river situation in May when local MLA Karikho Kri, in a memorandum, had urged steps to end erosion to avoid further inundation of the township”, the DC added.

The district administration and DDMO have been constantly maintaining vigilance over the flood situation as over 35 to 40 meters of river bank have been eroded by the river this time affecting four families.

Lohit was flowing about 200 meters away from Tezu Bridge on NH-13, lifeline of Anjaw district, but now flowing about  100 meters away posing  threat.

Our Namsai Correspondent adds: Commuters are travelling over Tengapani bride though a portion of the highway caved in on Tuesday night. The bridge in a very precarious condition may collapse anytime.

The NH-13 near Golden Pagoda towards Chongkham poses high threat to commuters. The high spate Tengapani River may wash away the approach if rains continue. The District Administration has issued advisory and restricted vehicular movement to avoid any untoward incident. The road is lifeline for Namsai, Lohit and Anjaw districts.

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