Rains play havoc in Arunachal Pradesh, 16 killed

Rains play havoc in Arunachal Pradesh, 16 killed

ITANAGAR: Continuous rain in the last couple of days has triggered flood-like situation in several districts of Arunachal Pradesh, including the state capital. At least 16 people died in a landslide in Tawang district of the state on Friday.
Rain continues to wreck havoc in Namsai and Changlang districts with reports of rising water of the Noa Dehing and the Jengthu rivers inundating fresh areas besides damaging several flood protection embankments, officials
Police officer, Nabin Payeng, said the landslide swept through a labor camp at a construction site in Tawang. Rescuers found 16 bodies and were searching for two other workers feared buried in the debris. Three workers escaped from the camp at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters (7,500 feet), Payeng said.
According to an official report from Namsai, incessant downpour yesterday deteriorated the flood scenario in the district with both Noa Dehing and Jengthu rivers flowing above the danger mark. The flood water of the rivers had inundated human habitation and agricultural fields besides damaging many embankments.
Three more households have been shifted to safe shelters from Silatoo Kachari village. Affected villagers are also being shifted from Wingseng Nongtaw village, the report said, adding, flood water has been reportedly entering Dirak Miri village area.
The district administration has strengthened the relief and rescue operations.
Heavy erosion continued at Silatoo Khampti, New Silatoo, Kakoni, Silatoo Kachari, Mahadevpur-I, Waisali, Krishnapur, Mahaloni, Ekorani, Rajabeel, Dirakmiri, Lekang Gohain, Dharampur, Murti Camp, Kherbari, Deobeel, Philobari and Nampong villages.
A report from Diyun in Changlang district said following incessant rain, the water level of the Noa Dehing river is continuously rising putting human lives and property at stake with the destruction of the only embankment resulting inundation of more houses, plantations and lands.
In Dumpani village, the lone embankment of the Noa Dihing was eroded last afternoon and the river inundated the village creating an island where 29 families were stranded.
With the assistance of the Administration and paramilitary forces, women and children were evacuated and provided shelters at the Dumpani club.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives. In a message, the Prime Minister extended his condolences to the bereaved families.
The PWD road in between New Lebrang and government higher secondary school has also been blocked due to landslide, while damages to residential buildings have been reported from the area.
Heavy rainfall in the past few days in the district resulted in a flood-like situation which severely damaged the Kitpi Ph-I and Ph-II hydel projects.
Power department officials said restoration work could not be started due to the continuous rain and both the power stations had been shut down due to the damage. Taking serious note of the situation, DC Duly Kamduk has directed the department concerned for assessment and submission of detailed report for action.
Heavy erosion continued at Silatoo Khampti, New Silatoo, Kakoni, Silatoo Kachari, Mahadevpur-I, Waisali, Krishnapur, Mahaloni, Ekorani, Rajabeel, Dirakmiri, Lekang Gohain, Dharampur, Murti Camp, Kherbari, Deobeel, Philobari and Nampong villages. A report from Diyun in Changlang district said following incessant rain, the water level of the Noa Dehing river is continuously rising putting human lives and property at stake with the destruction of the only embankment resulting inundation of more houses, plantations and lands.

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