Torrential rainfall triggers landslides

 

Itanagar, May 28: As Arunachal Pradesh has been experiencing very heavy rainfall for last few days, Kurung Kumey district witnessed series of landslides along Joram-Koloriang road (NAH-713), severely disrupting road communication, causing safety concerns for the travelers and posing severe threat to residents of the area.

The incessant downpour has caused substantial roadblocks along the above road, rendering travel hazardous while many stretches are totally blocked. Efforts by local authorities to clear the debris and restore normal traffic flow are underway, but the unpredictable weather conditions continue to pose tough challenges.

With road safety in jeopardy, residents and commuters have been advised by the officials to get latest updates on road conditions before travelling. Moreover, all have been advised to take adequate precautions before planning any journeys in the affected areas.

Social activist Sangha Tagik, when contacted, sent two videos, recorded by state BJP Kishan Yatra pravari Riya Mindu who was on way to Itanagar when landslides were continuing. The massive debris make take few days to be cleared to facilitate normal traffic movement, he was heard saying in the video. “I had a narrow escape as I was to cross this road but got delayed by only two minutes that saved me,” Mindu added.

“Many ravelers have been stranded on blocked Joram-Koloring road, “ Tagik added.

 

True to forecast of Itanagar Meteorological Centre (IMC), impacts of severe Cyclone Remal have been experienced in Arunachal Pradesh with consistent rains affecting normal life,  The IMC had predicted that Remal would affect the state from May 27 to 29 and issued a detailed district-wise warning map.

 Moreover, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) also had issued a red alert for Arunachal Pradesh for the next three days by predicting thunderstorms with lightning and extremely heavy rainfall.

Thunderstorms with lightning and extremely heavy rainfall are very likely in isolated places in Papum Pare and West Kameng districts and thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rainfall in isolated places in East Kameng and Pakke-Kessang districts on May 28 and 29, it said.

It also predicted thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rainfall in isolated places in Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri, Shi-Yomi, West Siang, Lohit, Changlang, Tirap and Longding districts on May 28 and 29.

Thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rainfall are likely to occur in Pakke-Kessang, Papum Pare, Siang, Lohit, East Kameng, West Kameng, Kurung Kumey, West Siang and Lower Dibang Valley districts on 29 and 30 May, it said.

Heavy rainfall may trigger landslides, leading to temporary road blockages, and flashfloods that may cause damage to temporary roads and vulnerable infrastructures, the IMD warned and advised people to avoid going to landslide-prone areas.

The IMD in its forecast for Arunachal Pradesh for next five days on Tuesday predicted widespread rain in most places, thunderstorm and lightning with heavy, very heavy and extremely heavy rain very likely to occur at isolated places.

Meanwhile, pointing out that indiametdept has issued a red alert for the next three days with a prediction of thunderstorms with lightning and extremely heavy rainfall in Papumpare, West Kameng, East Kameng, and Pakke-Kessang districts, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, in his official X handle, wrote: “I request everyone to take all precautionary measures and avoid vulnerable and isolated locations. In case of any emergency, please contact the district administration”.

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