Source: News Bharati English24 Jul 2016 15:37:05

Itanagar, July 24:  In wake of the ongoing flood situations in the north eastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, many villages have been submerged due to overflowing of major rivers and its tributaries on Saturday. In Assam, over five lakh people are currently lodged in over 70 relief camps in eight districts. Over 10,000 more people were shifted to relief camps in eight districts in Saturday, taking the number of inmates in 70 relief camps up to about 22,000. Two persons were reported killed in the floods, one in Lakhimpur and the other in Morigaon district.The Brahmaputra and its tributaries were flowing over the danger level throughout its 890-km length in Assam, while the Dhansiri, Jia-Bharali, Puthimari, Beki and Sankosh too were flowing above the red mark, overtopping embankments and inundating both villages and standing crop in different districts.

In Lohit district, rising flood water following continuous rain of the last eight days has badly affected Changliang village and nearby areas of Tezu circle. Some village areas are submerged and villagers are taking shelter in safer places. The village link road between Changliang and Dura Nala has also been washed away by flood water.

Around 2,500 Hcts of agriculture field are totally submerged and damaged by the flood water. Around 16 relief camps have bee set up so far in the district wherein around 4000 flood affected people are taking shelter. District administration is providing all essential relief materials to the affected people.

The district administration has activated the Disaster Management Cell to tackle the flood situation in the district. The Administration has pressed the Water Resource Department into service to contain the situation. Machineries, ALC personnel and villagers of Changliang village are working to divert the overflowing flood water from the village to avoid further damages and erosion. Lohit DC Danish Ashraf is supervising the flood protection works since Saturday morning.

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who is currently in New Delhi, on Saturday asked officials and legislators of the affected districts to give top priority to rescue and provide relief to the affected people. Landslides meanwhile have cut off many towns and villages in Upper Subansiri, East Kameng, Lohit, Namsai and Anjaw districts. (ends)

The incessant rain has taken toll on the road connectivity at many places in Lower Dibang valley district. While crossing off Deopani river is not possible since last two days, surface communication to Dibang Valley and Hunli -Desali Circles of Lower Dibang Valley has been completely cut off. Diphu River under Koronu Circle is flowing at danger level and cannot be crossed. Around 70% of Mahadevpur area have been submerged in flood water. The worst affected areas are Mahadevpur-I, II, III & IV, Kakoni, Mohaloni, Podumoni, Ekorani, Kothalguri, Sitpani Moran, Silatoo.

The Arunachal Council has urged the District Administration, Department of Disaster Management and all the government agencies to assess the damages properly so that compensation and benefits reach to the genuine people. Eight families, who got stranded in an island created by the Noa-Dihing river at Dumpani village were evacuated to safer places by Indian Army, Police along with team from Adonoi Mission on Friday mid-night while 34 families were evacuated today. They are now taking shelter in Dumpani Community Hall and in a relief camp set up in Avoipur village.