Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on September 1 made an inspection of flood-affected areas of Namsing circle in Mebo area of East Siang district, ravaged by Siang river.

Khandu inspected the stretch of Mebo-Dhola road washed away by rampaging Siang river. A certain stretch of road was washed away and about 700 ha of agricultural area lost in the recent flood.

Khandu was later joined by a seven-member inter-ministerial central team (imct) headed by KB Singh, joint secretary (FFR) from Home ministry.

Khandu also visited the site where Namsing villagers had constructed sandbag spurs and bamboo porcupines on self-help basis to protect their village and agricultural land against rampaging Siang.

Interacting with the villagers, the CM appreciated the effort by the villagers and assured for a work on flood protection this year on a larger and better scale using newer technology.

He said the state government had earlier sanctioned Rs 35 crore for flood protection work but got washed away this year by the ravaging Siang river.

Khandu also inspected the Government Lower Primary School in Sigar village damaged by Siang river.

Later addressing a meeting at the office of the deputy commissioner East Siang, the CM said the state this year incurred heavy damage due to flood and informed that accordingly he had requested for a central team for ground inspection of flood damage in the state.

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Khandu said whatever funds the centre grants for flood damage, it will be used judiciously and asked for a strict third-party monitoring.
Earlier East Siang DC, Kinny Singh in her presentation highlighted a report on the flood damages in the district and said the unprecedented heavy rainfall this year caused massive erosion, damage of crop land, erosion of fertile agricultural land, flooding of low lying areas, infrastructures.

The inspection tour was accompanied by MP East Tapir Gao, MLA Ninong Ering, MLA Kaling Moyong, MLA Lombo Tayeng including top level officials from the state disaster department.

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