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Flood situation grim in Arunachal, IAF help sought


June 26, 2012 - Itanagar

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki sounded a red alarm on the deteriorating flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh.e gave a go ahead signal for deploying IAF helicopters to rescue 300 people marooned in Vijaypur-III village in Bordumsa circle of Changlang district since midnight of June 23 after swollen Noa-Dehing river tore apart the village into two breaking its embankment.

Bordumsa ADC Kento Riba today sought helicopter service after the Army's 3rd Mountain Regiment was unable to launch rescue operations with mechanized motorboats due to bad weather and turbulent current.

However, about 150 trapped old, diseased persons besides women and children were rescued on Monday by 100-odd country boats.

The chief minister, who has been personally monitoring the grave situation, today sounded red alert across the state in view of the devastating effect caused by torrential rains for the last several days.

The chief secretary has issued instructions to all administrative officers, including deputy commissioners and police in the districts, to remain alert and assess the situation immediately and submit their reports.

Similar instructions have been also been sent to the disaster management department (DMD) to alert all the relief and rehabilitation officers in the districts. Medical department has been directed to keep medicine, particularly first-aid, in sufficient stock, the civil supplies department has been asked to keep in stock sufficient foodgrains, especially in vulnerable districts, to meet any eventuality.

The chief minister has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh to each of the DCs and Rs 5 lakh to each of additional DCs.

The lifeline of the state capital NH52A following massive erosion at sinking zone was prohibited for traffic movement and near the capital complex.

Reports of damages to roads, bridges, standing crops and disruption of communication link are pouring in from all over the state, particularly Changlang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley and East Siang, where the mighty Siang is flowing above the danger mark, causing disruption of road communication and intensifying inundation.

ANI

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