Source: News Bharati English26 Jul 2016 14:54:28

New Delhi, July 16: In wake of the devastation caused by the incessant rain-triggered flood in Arunachal Pradesh, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu has sought the Centre’s support in overcoming the situation. In his meeting with the Prime Minister on Sunday, Pema had apprised him about the grim flood situation of the state. Khandu was accompanied by Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin during the two different meetings.Also, Khandu met Union Minister of Home Affairs Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Monday and sought their immediate attention and assistance in sending a central team to assess the flood situation and the consequent damages caused to property so that relief and rehabilitation process could be put into action at the earliest. Rajnath and Rijiju assured all possible assistance to the state at the earliest.

Pema apprised that the state is currently reeling under a situation of severe flood due to the monsoon rains. The eastern districts of Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit, Namsai and Changlang were worst effected and more than 26 villages are in critical condition with damages of crop and property, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

“The NDRF and District Administration have already swung into action in these districts with the aim to mitigate and ensure there is no loss of human lives and further loss of property. Deputy Chief Minister has already rushed back from Delhi to the flood zone and is monitoring the situation on the ground”, he added further while enclosing the preliminary damage reports of the concern Deputy Commissioners.

Over 20,419 people from 32 villages under Namsai district alone have been badly affected in the current flood as the overall flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh continued to be critical. The movement of vehicle on NH-52 has been restricted for the second day on Monday after the highway was submerged by overflowing Nao Dehing River causing substantial damage to two culverts. Only vehicles on relief duty have been allowed to cross over the highly dangerous areas. However, vehicles carrying people in need of emergency medical attention are allowed to cross, that too at their own risk.