SIANG POSES MASSIVE FLOOD & EROSION PROBLEMS
ITANAGAR: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has urged the State government for a financial package to deal with the annual flood havoc of the Siang River.
A team of AAPSU led by its general secretary Tobom Dai along with members of the 'All East Siang District Students Union' (AdiSu) and others, visited the flood-affected areas of Sigar and Namsing in East Siang district to take stock of the ground situation.
At Sigar village, they witnessed the Siang River raging just a few meters away from a school campus, and further rise in the water level may wash away the buildings. The surface connectivity along the Mebo-Dholla road has been snapped after a 500-metre stretch was washed away. Meanwhile about 100 hectares of agricultural land were submerged; and the people were taken to shelter homes as flood situation remained grim and precarious.
After interacting with the affected villagers, Dai, in an appeal to the State government said that though Siang flood is recurring by nature but its magnitude this time needs immediate intervention of government.
"Financial package to deal with the annual flood havoc is the only solution; else people of several villages at lower Mebo will continue to face the wrath of Siang always," Dai pointed out.
The team also lauded the Sigar and Namsing villagers and the NGO 'SEEANG' led by IAF Group Captain (retd) Mohanto Panging who are engaged in voluntary flood-protection work.
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