ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Tragedy struck Sunpura as the administrative circle in Lohit district rose to the heartbreaking news at the crack of dawn that a precious life has been lost in the latest wave of unprecedented deluge in the district.
For the flood-hit people, it came as a shocker that the young man, Bablu Nath, who along with others was on a rescue operation for the marooned ones the previous night, is no more.
Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma has divulged this tear-jerking incident here today. He said one person has been swept away by flood water of Balijan river, while the overall flood situation in the district is grim for the second consecutive day today. Altogether, six relief camps have been set up in the district.
Risking his own safety and life, Bablu Nath, a BCom student, who was on the rescue operation, was drowned by flash flood on Sept 19 night. His body was fished out of the Balijan river courtesy the help rendered by 186th Bn of CRPF.
The 22-year-old was a volunteer for a rescue team which was proceeding to VKV for rescue of marooned students. But all of a sudden, the vehicle carrying the eight-member rescue team skidded off the road due to heavy force of flood water of Balijan river and all were swept away by river water. Seven members however swam to safety but Bablu could not make it and eventually lost the battle for life.
The DC informed that 31 people were rescued from the flood of Balijan river in Sunpura circle by a contingent of 186 CRPF led by Deputy Commandant R K Gupta and Superintendent of Police, S P Kuruvilla today.
A total of 94 students of VKV Sunpura have been shifted to VKV Tafragam as the school and hostel buildings at Sunpura have been inundated. A relief camp has been opened there for the affected people. All necessary arrangements are being made at the relief camp. One EAC and one CO are camping there to take all necessary steps in this regard, he said.
The DC, who accompanied the local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for PHE Karikho Kri on Sunpura visit to take stock of the flood situation, further said that all necessary steps are being taken and strict vigil is maintained.
Road communication to Tezu still remained disrupted and the district HQs is cut off from rest of the country.
In Chowkham circle, water level of Lohit, Kamlang and their tributaries is on the rise and crossed the previous highest level of June/2012. Alubari, Nopatia, Mabira, Morapat and its adjoining villages are totally cut off as water of Lohit and Sibiri has been continuously and rapidly increasing.
In Lekang circle, 35 houses were submerged at New Silatoo village due to overflow of Noa Dihing river. In Dharampur area also flood water entered into 38 houses. The affected people are being shifted to safer places. Flood water caused damage to the newly constructed embankment and entered into the agricultural field.
In Namsai circle, Menkengmiri, Jona and its adjoining areas are affected by flood and erosion. ADC Namsai alongwith officers of Water Resources Department and other officials and public leaders are monitoring the situation there. Five relief camps have been set up in Namsai.
Services of 9th ITBP and 186th Bn CRPF have also been requisitioned for relief and rescue operations, and they are extending all help to civil administration.
Red alert sounded
Following reports of heavy floods and damages in Lower Dibang Valley, Changlang and Lohit districts, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today sounded a red alert across the State. Besides this, Tuki ordered for placement of Rs 10 lakh each with the Deputy Commissioners and Rs 5 lakh each to independent Additional Deputy Commissioners of these districts for immediate relief measures.
The Chief Minister – currently away in New Delhi but in constant touch with State officials and police since reports of flood, landslides and disruption of road links poured in – further called for constitution of disaster management and mitigation cells in the districts to monitor the situation and launch rescue and relief operations as and when needed.
Tuki also called upon the people residing in vulnerable areas to shift to safer places.
On the directives of the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary has issued strictures to all administrative officers, including DCs and ADCs in the districts to remain watchful and assess the situation immediately and submit their reports. Similar orders have been dispatched to the Disaster Management department to alert all district disaster management officers. The department has been asked to coordinate with the police and medical department to provide immediate relief to the people of affected areas.
Governor, CM praise Bablu’s heroics
Tuki announces ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed grief on the demise of the braveheart, Bablu Nath, who was swept away by flood waters while on a rescue operation at Sunpura in Lohit district.
Announcing an ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakh to the bereaved family members, Tuki lauded the young man, who sacrificed his life for people in need. He said, “Though it is an irreparable loss to the family, they need to take solace and pride on the fact that Bablu did the ultimate of gifting his life for a noblest of all deeds.”
Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh has also expressed shock and grief on the demise of Bablu Nath. The Governor, while conveying his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, said that the supreme sacrifice of late Nath will be always remembered by people of Arunachal Pradesh.
Bablu was the son of Motin Nath, who is an employee with the Sunpura Power House.