Arunachal: Heavy Rain Creats Havoc; Three Killed in West Kameng, one in ICR


Heavy rainfall continues to create havoc across several districts in Arunachal Pradesh. A 16-year-old boy identified as Rage Hilli was buried alive while riding on a bike at Yupia road in Naharlagun due to a heavy landslide. 

His body was later retrieved from under the debris. Chief minister Pema Khandu condoled the unfortunate death of Hilli, a resident of MG village in Kamba circle of West Siang district and was known to be a promising boxer.

Earlier, three precious lives were reported to be buried alive at chainage no. 700, near Angkaling village of Kalaktang Sub-Division of West Kameng District in a massive landslide that occurred on Friday. Bodies of missing persons are yet to be retrieved. Search Operation Team comprised of NDRF, SDRF Police, SSB and local villagers led by the ADC, Kalaktang and DDMO, Bomdila have rushed to the spot. 

More than hundred travellers have been rescued who were stranded in various block points in Balemu-Bomdila road.

With this, nature has claimed nine lives in the state so far, with three deaths in Kurung Kumey and six in the ICR since April. Further, 524 houses have been damaged in 87 villages, affecting a population of about 11,000 in the state.

In East Siang District, four staff of the Forest Department were stranded at D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary due to heavy surge in the water level of Siang River. They have been rescued with the help of NDRF Dhemaji on Saturday. 

The heavy downpour has also disrupted road connectivity in many districts. 

Currently, Margherita-Changlang Road in Changlang district, Hoj-Potin road in Papum Pare and Balemu-Bomdila road in West Kameng, and TAH roads in Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey and many other districts are blocked due to heavy rain triggered landslides.  

The Works Departments are working hard to restore connectivity in all these districts.

Continuous torrential rain since April has also caused damages to Agriculture and Horticulture crops, agricultural land, livestock, snapping of water pipelines, destruction to Hydel station, electric poles and towers and have crippled normalcy in many districts.

Concerned over the current scenario and uncertainty of the situation in the state due to incessant rain, the Department of Disaster Management has issued directives to all Deputy Commissioners and Stakeholders to remain alert to respond to any disaster emergencies. The Department is also in constant touch with agencies like IMD, CWC etc for early warnings.

The department of DM has also alerted 5 Regional Response Centers established at Bomdila, Ziro, Pasighat, Tezu and Khonsa alongwith teams of NDRF deployed at Bomdila and Namsai. 

Relief Centres have also been set up by the DDMAs in all districts to shelter affected people during needs. All the DDMAs have conducted monsoon preparedness meetings with all stakeholders and issued Do’s and Don’ts during monsoon.

The department of DM has placed funds with all DDMAs under SDRF for payment of immediate relief. 

The District Administration, ICR has served evacuation/ shifting orders to 279 houses, geo-tagged, from Holongi roadside to Banderdewa whose houses were found vulnerable to flood and landslides.


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