Floods strike Arunachal Pradesh: Anjaw, Dibang Valley cut off; Namsai, East Siang hit

Arunachal Pradesh is hit by fresh wave of floods with the Anjaw and Dibang Valley districts remaining cut-off from the mainland.

Several stretches on Tezu-Hawai road, connecting Anjaw district with Lohit district, has been hit by landslides leaving the road in un-commutable condition. The connectivity with the border district is snapped, a report by Arunachal Times said.

Continuous rain in most parts of the state led to the collapse of a bailey bridge over Eze river on Thursday, disconnecting the Hunli-Desali block under Lower Dibang Valley district, and Dibang Valley district from the rest of the country.

In yet another incident, a section of the under-construction bridge over the Chipu river, which would connect Lower Dibang Valley district with Lohit district, has also collapsed on Thursday. As per the BRO, the construction agency, the flaw occurred because the flash flood caused by the river following the continuous rainfall, washed away the ‘staging’ of the pier, which was still under construction. The BRO informed that they had identified the damage in the staging on the previous day and had made arrangements to take remedial measures. However, the staging washed away at around 7 am before the repair work was executed. A labourer was injured in the process. He was immediately shifted to the GREF hospital at Tezu, informed the BRO. Reportedly, the bridge, which was estimated for completion by October 2017, will now be delayed by a month or two.

Reports also said that low-lying areas in Namsai district have been submerged by flood water, following incessant rainfall since the last few days. Villages of Dirak Miri, Lekang Gohaingaon, Rajabeel, Mokrun and Nongtaw Khamti are reportedly the worst affected, with water of the Noa-Dihing river flowing just below the danger level in the district.

Reports of loss of property and cattle in the Namsai district are pouring in with around 200 hectors of cultivated land, especially paddy fields, submerged by flood water. The Namsai district administration informed that it has directed all agencies concerned to keep a close look on the flood situation and ensure all necessary relief. The district administration has imposed complete ban on fishing.

Reports said that the Koyu circle in the East Siang district is cut off from surface communication as Koyu-Kora stretch of the road is in a depleted condition. Flash flood also hit Silluk village under Mebo circle of East Siang. The Siku bridge which connects Pasighat with Roing has also been reportedly washed away by the flood.

With inputs from Karyir Riba / The Arunachal Times.

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