23rd Jun 2024 10:06:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

ES Reporter 

ITANAGAR, June 23: Heavy rainfall  in Itanagar on Sunday morning caused widespread devastation across various locations in Arunachal’s capital Itanagar and Naharlgun, prompting the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) to urge residents to remain vigilant. The downpour has led to a flood-like situation in the Itanagar Capital Region, washing away many vehicles and significantly impacting major roads, including NH-415.
Numerous locals have reported substantial property losses, calling for immediate action, also to address drainage and waste management issues to prevent such incidents in the future.
The district administration also addressed people’s concern and clarified that there was no incident of cloudburst which has been confirmed by the IMD and denizens were urged not to panic.
“As per IMD, the rainfall recorded today was 40 mm between 10:30 am and 12:30 pm,” informed   Secretary SDMA Dani Salu.
As per the report released by the SDMA, one pucca house was completely destroyed in the Kime-Paka colony in Itanagar, while at least 66 houses were inundated in Itanagar and Naharlagun. A considerable number of livestock and vehicles were also washed away in the flash flood affecting both areas, however, clear reports are yet to be received.
In addition to the property damage, the ground floor of a residential complex in Driver Colony, Niti Vihar, has been severely damaged due to the heavy rainfall and flooding. Detailed reports on the extent of the damage are still awaited.
The six-mile road between Itanagar and Naharlagun was flooded, and a landslide occurred in Niti Vihar, Energy Park which was also flooded in the torrential rain. Several sections of NH-415 and local colony roads have been inundated due to the surging rainwater. Additionally, five retaining walls—four in Naharlagun and one in Itanagar—were damaged. Seven family members from the damaged house have been evacuated to a safe location, the report stated.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner of Itanagar Capital Region Shweta Nagarkoti Mehta(IAS) while inspecting the damages caused by the flash flood informed that the torrential rains had damaged many infrastructures and houses. Teams from the State Disaster Response Force and other security forces have been deployed to provide all possible assistance. An emergency number has also been issued for those requiring help.
“As monsoon has approached, the possibility of disasters cannot be ruled out. However, we can remain alert and prevent any major disaster from happening," said the DC.
Residents are urged to stay alert and follow any advisories issued by authorities as the situation develops, she added.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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