Incessant rainfall triggers flood-like situations in Arunachal Pradesh
A flood-like situation was witnessed in several districts of Arunachal Pradesh following incessant rainfall, officials said on Friday.
Apart from affecting normal life, this has also resulted in damage to crops and infrastructure, they added.
The water level of several rivers in the Siang district increased, causing largescale damage to agriculture and horticulture crops, including bamboo groves, officials said.
"The heavy rains severely affected the district's communication infrastructure with unprecedented flooding of the Simang river on Thursday," said Atul Tayeng, Deputy Commissioner of Siang.
While the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) labour camps in the area were evacuated and 550 people were shifted to Government Higher Secondary School in Boleng, the residents of low-lying areas were asked to remain vigil in the wake of the rising water level, officials stated.
Officials also informed that the Bailey bridge at Suple village, connecting six upstream villages of the district, was washed away, and the power channel and water-conducting system of Subbung Hydropower Plant (SHP) were damaged due to landslides, affecting power generation.
The rising water level of Siang triggered massive erosion along the left bank of the river in Lower Mebo villages as Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing Gadum and Mer, they said.
Local MLA Lombo Tayeng said altogether 10 villages with 15,000 populations were badly affected, adding that power supply and water pipelines were also badly damaged.
(Edited by Aparmita Das)
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