Itanagar: Incessant rains continued to wreak havoc in Arunachal Pradesh with reports of landslides disrupting surface communication and water supply besides, water logging in several districts. Many major rivers and their tributaries in the State are in high spate, official sources informed on Saturday.
In Papum Pare district, a 10-year-old boy is reported to be missing since Thursday. He is presumed to be drowned at Parang river, sources in the disaster management department said, adding that SDRF and NDRF have been requested for search and rescue operations.
A report from Namsai district stated that major rivers including the Lohit, Kamlang and Berring are flowing turbulently with high velocity carrying logs and natural vegetation causing bank erosion.Three houses were damaged in Bihari Tapu under Chowkham circle of the district due to flood. Flood control works at Silatoo Bridge and Rongalibeel have been damaged by the gushing flood water.
In Lower Dibang Valley, the BRTF road from Hunli to Desali got blocked at several locations due to landslides. BRTF authorities are pulling man and machineries to restore the blockage. Chimpi Nallah near the indoor stadium and other streams in and around Hunli township are overflowing.
Heavy rains also triggered flash flood in Paglam under the district inundating the low-lying areas, affecting several households.
The drinking water supply systems feeding Pasighat township in East Siang district from Tebo (80 mm diameter), Bosing (150 mm) and Sippi (150 mm) water sources including village water supply systems under Bilat and Ruksin sections have been completely damaged by the flood waters due to continuous downpour, mostly at river crossings.
Public Health Engineering Department assistant engineer Tadung Padung informed that many village water supply systems have been temporarily restored except some few unreachable remote sources.
He added that many treatment plants were clogged due to non-stop inflow of silt laden runoff from the feeder water source. He, however, assured that complete restoration would be carried out after the flood water recedes.
It was also reported that the main supply line of 200 mm diameter DI pipe of Mebo project in the district was damaged at Sukkan Nallah crossings, where many structures like supporting pillars, anchor blocks and few DI pipes were washed away by the flash flood in several locations.
The Dibang river is experiencing an unprecedented rise in its water level and posing a serious threat to the new bridge over the river in Lower Dibang Valley district.
The ravaging river is eroding the abutment of the bridge on the Bomjir village side at a considerable pace, according to villagers.