ITANAGAR, Sep 22: Even if there was no letup in rainfall, a high level official team from Itanagar comprising WRD Minister Newlai Tingkhatra, Planning, Finance & PWD Minister Chowna Mein, WRD Chief Engineer Likar Angu and DDMO (HQ) Eling Tallang today conducted an aerial survey of flood-affected areas – Bordumsa, Chowkham, Namsai and Tezu to take first-hand information of flood-related ‘woes’ of people of those areas.
As announced by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Sept 21 last, the high level team, while interacting with the districts’ officials to take stock of the flood situation, distributed Rs 10 lakh each to the DCs of Lohit and Changlang, and Rs five lakh each to the ADCs of Bordumsa, Namsai, Jairampur and Miao as immediate relief fund for the flood-affected.
On being apprised by Bordumsa ADC K Riba that the floodwaters in Nao Dehing river has damaged more than 300 households of Bijoypur-I and Bijoypur-III villages, the WRD Minister announced Rs 10 lakh for immediate flood protection work there besides handing over Rs two lakh from the CM’s Relief Fund.
The ADC who is working round the clock along with WRD divisional EE B Karki informed that due to flash flood many schools have been closed down in the circle since last week and the administration is trying to find alternative measure for the school going students.
They requested the team to release Rs 4.5 crore in order to change the river course. Tingkhatra assured them to take up the matter with the higher level, and asked them to submit the damage report through district administration immediately.
More than 500 families have been affected due to the flash flood in Namsai sub-division. More than 20 relief camps have been set up in Namsai, Lathao, Piyong, Chongkam and Lekang Circles, according to official sources.
Namsai MLA Nang Sati Mein said that due to rise in water volume in Alubari and Nao-Dehing rivers many people were affected and standing crops damaged.
Reportedly, thousands of villagers were evacuated from various affected areas to safety places by the Army with the help of locals.
The Dening River and Tezu River had damaged many household within the townships and most of the residences have been flooded by the two river.
Tezu MLA Kariko Kri and DC RK Sharma who are monitoring the situation informed that around 19 relief camps have been set up for affected people from 222 villages in the district.
During the visit to Tezu, the WRD minister handed over Rs two lakh each for Tezu and Chowkam circles from CM’s Relief Fund and 10 lakh each from ERF. The team also visited the inundated Tezu town and assured to take up the matter with the Chief Minister. The team is scheduled to visit Pasighat, Dambuk and Roing on Monday next.

 

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