Flood situation grim in Arunachal

The flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh was today grim with reports of fresh areas being inundated by flood waters in several districts of the state leaving many families stranded.

The situation turned worse in Anjaw, Lohit, Changlang, Dibang Valley, East Siang and Upper Siang districts of the state with all the major rivers and their tributaries in spate and flowing above the red mark.

At Bordumsa under Lohit district, 100 people were rescued yesterday from Bijoypur I by local administration using country boats. They were later shifted to relief camp. Additional deputy commissioner Kento Riba said Army boats would be pressed into service today at Bijoypur-III where 55 families are still stranded.

Emergency medical teams are in the area monitored by the district medical officer, he added. Since June 23, the water level of Noa Dehing river is flowing above danger level submerging all the adjoining villages of Bijoypur I, II and III under Bordumsa Circle.

Administration has set up two relief camps with medical facilities at Bijoypur-III village. Bijoypur-I village has borne the maximum wrath of nature and nearly 61 houses are still partially submerged under water.

The flood situation at Diyun Circle in Changlang district is also at a critical stage. Noa Dehing River is flowing above danger level at Maitripur, Gautampur, Santipur, Jyotipur, Dumpani and Mudoi village.

Embankment and spurs have prevented the flood water from entering the Diyun Township, official sources said. At Namsai in Lohit district, water level of Noa-Dehing, Sibri and Kamlang rivers are flowing above danger level since June 23. Six houses were washed away by flood water of Sibri River at Sibrimuhk.

In Zaleeband area, about 16 km from Chowkham, nine families are marooned while Citronala area suffered heavy erosion. The water levels is so high that two engine boats of BRO and three boats of public were washed away by flood water.

At Chowkham in the district, flood water of Kamlang breached its bank near Kamlang Nagar at two places. The Bereng River is flooding Chowkham areas while flood water of Mora Kamlang River breached its bank at Sibrimuk and is flooding Alubari area.

The resident of MLA Chow Tewa Mein is also under constant threat of flood, the sources said. In Namsai and Mahadevpur area, Noa-Dehing overflowed the embankment at Silatoo, Satgoria and Dharampur.

Five houses at Silatoo, 4 at Kherbari and 43 at Dharampur were underwater, they said.

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