Arunachal flash flood toll mounts to 4

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ITANAGAR, Sept 15 (PTI): With the recovery of one more body from neighbouring Assam, the toll in flash floods of Arunachal Pradesh has mounted to four while two others are still missing, an official said Saturday.

Triggered by incessant rain in the past few days, flash flood and landslides affected normal lives in several places of Itanagar, Capital deputy commissioner Prince Dhawan said.

Twenty-six houses have been washed away while over 60 were fully or partially damaged at affected sites such as Modirijo, the Donyi Polo area, Chandra Nagar, Lobi, GSS Police colony, Press colony, Dhawan said.

“The body of one person was recovered on Saturday from Dikrong river near Harmutty in Assam’s Lakhimpur district,” he said.

The flash flood also claimed three other lives, while two persons have been missing. Dhawan said five teams of NDRF and four from SDRF were undertaking search and rescue operation since morning to trace the two missing persons.

The approach road to Modirijo has been washed away while half of the culvert has been reported to be damaged in Donyi polo area.

A few cars and bikes have also been reportedly swept away in the flood river. Dhawan said many schools in the capital complex have been designated as temporary relief shelters. Land protection wall of several drains and rivulets in the state capital have been badly damaged.

The water plants at Poma and Itanagar were damaged causing disruption in water supply to people.

PHED sources said minor repair works on the plants could be completed within two days while major repair works would take several days.

Ering SOS to PM on Siang deluge

As Arunachal Pradesh battles the deluge of Siang river, Lok Sabha member from Arunachal East, Ninong Ering Saturday wrote letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking help for the affected people East Siang district.

After seeing the sufferings of people of his constituency, especially of Borguli and Seram village under Mebo sub-division in East Siang district, Ering urged Modi to initiate a measure to find a permanent solution to flooding and erosion in downstream areas.

To give a permanent protection to the villages like Sigar, Raling, Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing, Gadum and Mer under Mebo Sub-Division and Pasighat, Berung, Sika-Tode, Sika-Bamin, Jampani areas under Pasighat-Ruksin division, Ering suggests for drenching of river bed of Siang river as huge siltation has led to rise of river bed leading to unusual high tides and waves.

Ering further requested the Prime Minister to intervene and sympathize with the people of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam as drenching of Siang river at Arunachal will also help Assam in Brahmaputra.

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