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Rain wreaks havoc in Arunachal’s Dibang Valley

Though the rains have ceased and floods have started receding, it has left a trail of deluge in Arunachal Pradesh, with at least two rivers changing course, forcing villagers to flee leaving behind their belongings including valuable livestock.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: September 15, 2015 2:25:49 am
arunachal pradesh, arunachal, flood, arunachal flood, rain, latest news Anpum village devastated by the flood, Monday.

Though the rains have ceased and floods have started receding, it has left a trail of deluge in Arunachal Pradesh, with at least two rivers changing course, forcing villagers to flee leaving behind their belongings including valuable livestock.

The entire village of Anpum in Lower Dibang Valley has been washed away by the Taro Tamuk and Dotung, both tributaries of the Dibang that flows down to the Brahmaputra in Assam, with over 1500 people now waiting for the authorities to find them a suitable alternative location where they will be rehabilitated. At least 20 houses in Loklung village have been also damaged.

“Some 40-odd families could find time to dismantle their houses and shift their belongings to safer places, but most of the families of Anpum lost almost everything, including livestock comprising cattle, pigs and poultry,” Ravi Dhawan, deputy commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley district told The Indian Express ove the telephone from Roing, the district headquarter.

The only government primary school in Loklung village has also been totally damaged and washed away, Dhawan said. An assessment of the total loss however is yet to be made, with the deputy commissioner saying one has to wait till the entire water was drained out. The villagers have also lost fish worth several lakh rupees, he said.

Chiputa, a village in West Siang district on the other hand has been covered by debris brought down by a massive landslide that was triggered off by heavy rains two weeks ago.

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki, who made an aerial survey of the flood-affected districts on Monday, ordered immediate release of funds for shifting the two villages and rehabilitation of the affected people.

Several administrative sub-divisions and circles in different districts of the state were still cut off from the rest of the world due to landslides as well as washing away of roads and bridges. Dambuk sub-division and Paglam circle in Lower Dibang Valley district are among the worst affected and food grains are being airdropped there for the past several days.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has already written to union home minister Rajnath Singh apprising him about the devastation caused by the recent floods in the state. “There has been colossal damages to infrastructure, including roads, bridges, culverts, power, water supply, communication lines, agriculture and horticulture, and heavy loss of livestock. Several districts and sub-divisions have remained cut off,” he wrote, seeking immediate central assistance for carrying out restoration works.

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