ITANAGAR, Sep 22: The overall flood situation in the State, especially in its eastern parts has remained grim as all the major rivers and their tributaries there continuing to flow above the danger level.
In the worst affected Lohit district, where around 3,000 people were rendered homeless due to current spell of unprecedented floods caused by incessant rains, altogether 39 marooned people including women and children were rescued this afternoon by Indian Air Force by pressing an IAF chopper into service in spite of inclement weather. They remained stranded at Tezu in between the branches of Lohit river since last four days. All the rescued persons were shifted to relief camp and to their respective relatives’ places.
The GB of Danglat, Thatso Kri, who was rescued along with others, expressed his heartfelt thanks to Chief Minister, MLA Tezu and District Disaster Management Authority, Lohit headed by Deputy Commissioner for saving their life.
In all, 19 relief camps are being operated in various circles of the district with approximately 3000 inmates, according to DC R K Sharma.
Surface communication, water and electricity supply remained disrupted for the fourth successive day at the district HQs, Tezu. People are facing acute shortage of stock of POL, LPG and other essential commodities in the district HQs.
While the BRO authorities were carrying out road restoration works on a war-footing, police and other security agencies including 9th ITBP, 25th ITBP, 186th CRPF, 12th Assam Regiment were rendering all possible help to the district administration on relief and rescue operations.
In Sunpura circle, 75 marooned persons were rescued with the help of country boats from Lapsing village and sheltered at relief camp. Additional stock of foodgrains is dispatched to Sunpura seeing the grim flood situation. Numbers of inmates are increasing in all the relief camps in the district. Flood water of Denning and Tezukhola inundated Tezu Township, Govt quarters, Krick and Boury School and private buildings today, informed the DC.
DIPRO adds from Anini: The flood situation in Lower Dibang Valley district continues to be grim with rains showing no signs of stopping. Road link between Sadiya and Tezu remains disrupted, cutting off surface communication to the district from rest of the country.
In Bolung village, the flood affected families were evacuated to a relief camp. As an immediate measure, about 25 quintals of rice has been distributed to the affected people at Bolung and Abali villages. Medicines were also sent to the PHCs in order to contain any outbreak of post flood epidemics. Potable water was also sent through tankers by the PHE department to the relief camps.
The situation is also grim in outlying administrative circles. Shortage of essential ration commodities has been reported from Paglam, Dambuk and Hunli circles. The Deputy Commissioner has requested the authorities concerned for air-dropping of food items in these places.
DC Garima Gupta also reviewed the flood situation in a meeting of all the HoDs and directed them to maintain vigil and keep their resources ready for relief, rescue and restoration while reporting any kind of flood related emergencies to the control room which will function 24×7 till the flood situation subsides. The DC also asked the HoDs to properly assess and submit reports of flood damage along with photographs as early as possible.
The DC along with SP Veenu Bansal and others visited the flood affected villages and the relief camp at Bolung and interacted with the affected people. They also visited the Deopani river site, which is flowing above the danger mark and is frequently diverting its course, to assess the damages caused.
Another team comprising SDO Alen Pertin and EAC Midiaing Pertin visited the flood affected sites at Simari, Abali and Injonu areas to assess the situation.
The DC directed that relief teams be constituted in each village so as to provide immediate relief & rescue to the affected people in far-flung and disconnected places, while pledging that the district administration will continue making efforts for restoration of essential services.
The district administration is constantly monitoring the situation and requested the State govt to provide special relief sorties to Paglam, Dambuk and Hunli.
Our Staff Reporter adds: Altogether, 62 households consisting of around 370 persons have been badly affected by the incessant rains-triggered flash flood at Bolung village in Lower Dibang Valley district.
The Emergency Relief Committee, Bolung informed that torrential rains for the last few days have taken a heavy toll with the floodwaters inundating the villagers’ homes, agricultural fields besides washing away livestock. The heavy rain of last night affected ten more houses.
Relief measures including foodgrains and other essential commodities were rushed in by the Adi Baane Kebang, Adi Cultural Literary Society and the district administration. 13 quintals of rice were provided today by the district administration.
The flood situation at Sille-Oyan in East Siang has also worsened, affecting seven villages of the circle. Sille-Oyan ZPM Okyam Gao informed that flash flood caused by heavy rains has submerged the paddy fields at Oyan, Sille, Sika-Bamin, Sika-Tode, Rani, 12th Mile and Mangnang villages damaging the standing crops which were about to ripe. Further informing that the MIP channel has been damaged by overflowing Sille river, the ZPM urged the state govt and the district administration as well to assess the flood damages and provide relief to the affected people.
Meanwhile, the Parang Circle Development Committee informed that landslides due to torrential rains for last two weeks has blocked and washed away several stretches of the road between Sagalee to Mengio via Parang and Silsango CO headquarters. The Committee appealed the EE, PWD division Sagalee to take steps for early restoration of the road. The snapping of the road connection has severely affected the supply of essential commodities to the people of the two circles, it added.



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