Lohit district of Arunachal affected due to floods
Itanagar, July 28 (UNI) Torrential downpour for the last few days has created havoc in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, disrupting road transport and damaging Durah Nallah water supply system.
Durah Nallah water pipeline, which supplies water to the bulk of the population, has been washed away by the flood waters since July 25, resulting in water scarcity in Tezu township and its adjoining areas, district officials said here today.
However, the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department under the supervision of assistant engineer S Pertin and junior engineer R Prasad prevented the big pipes from being washed away by the flood waters.
Meanwhile, the PHE labourers were working from dawn to dusk to restore Durah Nallah water pipeline, braving heavy rainfall. The work is expected to be completed today, Deputy Commissioner (DC) incharge of Namsai R K Sharma informed UNI.
Flood water also damaged a portion of the Tezu airport boundary wall. However, a helicopter has been pressed into service on July 27 and 28 to evacuate stranded passengers at Lohit and Anjaw districts, he added.
The water level of all the rivers in the district increased and water of the various tributaries entered the low lying areas in Namsai, Lekang and Chongkham circles. The district administration was keeping a close vigil on all vulnerable areas.
All private as well as most government vehicles were off the road. However, people were relying on essential commodities from the buffer stock of the Food and Civil Supply Department. The DC alerted all the circle headquarters to be ready to meet any eventuality.
Meanwhile, State Rural Development and Rural Works Department Minister Chowna Mein, along with DC, had visited Lekang sub-division under Namsai and took stock of the situation in the low lying areas.
Life was disrupted in East Siang district, particularly the headquarters at Pasighat and its nearby areas. The Siang and Shibo Korong rivers were flowing above the danger level.
The NH 52 was submerged, disrupting the traffic movement from Ruksin to Pasighat. However, no casualty was reported so far. Road transport between Pasighat and Bilat was also affected due overflow of the Remi river, sources added.