10th Jul 2017 10:07:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News


 Normal life hit in East Kameng; bye-poll preparation badly affected


SEPPA, Jul 10:

Owing to heavy downpours for last 48 hours, all surface communications in East Kameng district have been totally or partially snapped. Rivers Kameng, Bichom, Pappu, Pakke and other tributaries are in spate.

Ngoleko village has been severely ravaged by flood waters. Many houses and granaries have been inundated agriculture land, fish ponds and other properties are damaged badly.

DC Rajeev Takuk has directed the ADC Seijosa and CO Pakke Kessang to form sub-divisional relief committees to assess the area, especially of Ngoleko village.

Road communication to Bameng, Chayangtajo, Gyawepurang and Pipu remain cutoff for the fifth consecutive day.   

DC has also instructed all administrative officers to caution people from venturing into rivers or embarking on travel without taking precautionary measures beforehand.

River Kameng at Seppa is flowing above danger level. The last reading shows it flowing at 394 m above msl.

Meanwhile, DC-cum-DEO Rajeev Takuk also stated that preparation for bye-election to 12thPakke Kessang Assembly Constituency has been badly affected by heavy monsoon onslaught. It is also reported that some polling stations, particularly the Yarte Poube and A-2 Block have been submerged due to incessant rains.    


At AALO: Continuous torrential rain over the last several days has resulted in many parts of West Siang district and district headquarters Aalo being cut off from the rest of the world.

The sector road connecting colonies are adversely affected as culverts, drains are overflowing and erosions are rampant in the township area. Road from Pakam Tinali to Kombo Jirdin, Tai-Liromoba Road, Aalo-Kamba, Aalo-Mechuka, Aalo-Pangin, Nitke-Nyorak Road and Aalo-Likabali are cut off due to heavy landslides, erosions and rise in water levels.

The main water supply tank catering water needs of the entire town has been damaged and restoration work is going on in full swing but the restoration process may take time. The rivers like Sipu, Siyom, Hirik, Hiru, Piggo, Kebu and other tributaries are alarmingly still on the rise and causing extensive damages to paddy fields, properties and heavy erosions all along the river banks are reported from many places. 

The District Administration and Disaster Response Team are closely monitoring the situation and Army, ITBP and Police are on full alert. Deputy Commissioner West Siang, Gamli Padu along with EE PWD inspected damaged roads and culverts at upper and medical colony today and had discussions on various remedial and restoration measures. 

At Itanagar:

Deputy Commissioner Itanagar Capital Complex, Prince Dhawan along with the ADC Talom Dupak, EAC Tame Yajum, DDMO Moromi Sonam, EE (Highway) Nani Tath, EE(PWD) Techi Nado visited almost all the affected areas from Itanagar to Naharlagun and took stock of the situation.  Relief camps at all the vulnerable locations have been identified by the District Administration.


Taking stock of the rising water level especially at Chandranagar, Senki View, Barapani the people residing near these areas as well as all the vulnerable areas were asked to immediately evacuate and move to the relief camps or to safer locations. An order in this regard has also been passed by the DC. Following incessant rain since the last two days, the Capital Complex has witnessed massive road blockades, landslides etc. However, men and machineries are already deployed to carry out the restoration process, informed the DC.


On NH415 near Itanagar where a huge portion of road has been washed off, the DC directed the PWD (Highway) to immediately construct a boulder crated wall. Taking stock of the condition of the Barapani bridge, the DC passed an order restricting the movement of heavy vehicles through the bridge. While visiting the damaged bridge at Borum, through which main water pipe line to Naharlagun passes, the DC has requested the denizens to cooperate and have patience as efforts are underway to provide alternate source of water. The market area at 6 Kilo has also been asked to immediately evacuate the place. Further, the District Administration is taking all the precautionary measures and has requested the denizens to remain alert to avert any major disaster from happening.


‘As monsoon has approached, possibility of disasters cannot be ruled, we can at least remain alert and avert any major disaster from happening,’ said the DC.


It is pertinent to mention that the District Administration had earlier issued an order to prohibit earth cutting. Despite the order, earth cutting is rampant further contributing to manmade disasters. The DC has stressed that those who do not abide by the order would be punished under the DM Act 2005.

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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