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Dibang Valley remains cut off, Anini gets PDS items

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Itanagar, May 5 (UNI) Severe ration crisis haunted Dibang Valley district in Arunachal Pradesh as the district remained cut off for the last few weeks following landslides and heavy downpour.

The district administration had already sent SOS to the state government for supply of essential items to contain the impending food crisis.

The Indian Air Force helicopter had dropped 90 quintal of rice and other essential commodities as an emergency measure to contain the crisis, official sources informed here today.

Disruption of communication had resulted in severe ration crisis and many patients and government employees were stranded at various locations following massive landslides.

The district supply office feared that the ration crisis might deepen again if the roads were not cleared within a week. The district requires 2000 quintal of rice per month and the ration items received through air dropping will hardly meet the ration demand for a week, sources informed adding, the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) had pressed its men in service to clear the blockade.

Deputy Commissioner of the district R Ronya, however, alleged fair price shopsowners malfunctioning and incapability to purchase adequate ration from the Public Distribution System (PDS) stock.

''We are yet to receive 4000 quintals of buffer quota and other PDS items to meet the impending food crisis during monsoon, the DC pointed out while assuring adequate stock of food grains after restoration of road communication.

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