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Flood-like situation in Arunachal Pradesh; affects normal life

Arunachal Pradesh is on alert after incessant rainfall triggered a flood-like situation in several districts , causing damage to crops and infrastructure, besides affecting normal life, officials said on Friday.

The water level of various rivers in Siang district rose with reports of largescale damage to agriculture and horticulture crops, including bamboo groves, they said.

Siang’s Deputy Commissioner Atul Tayeng said the heavy rains severely affected the district’s communication infrastructure with unprecedented flooding of the Simang river on Thursday.

As per the officials, The GREF (General Reserve Engineer Force) labour camps in the area were evacuated and 550 people were shifted to Government Higher Secondary School in Boleng.

The residents of low-lying risky areas were asked to remain aware and alert due to the rising water level, they said.

According to the officials the Bailey bridge at Suple village, connecting six upstream villages of the district, was washed away, they added.

The power channel and water-conducting system of Subbung Hydropower Plant (SHP) were damaged due to landslides, affecting power generation, officials added.

It has also been said that the power transmission lines were also destroyed in many areas of the district.

The rising water level of Siang also triggered massive erosion along the left bank of the river in Lower Mebo villages such as Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing Gadum and Mer, officials said.

Meanwhile, local MLA Lombo Tayeng said that the heavy rainfall caused massive erosion, damage to cropland and infrastructure, besides flooding low-lying areas.

The rising water level of Siang is posing a serious threat to the rural areas of the Mebo subdivision, he said.

He also added that the girls’ hostel of Borguli Higher Secondary School was washed away by the river, while the festival ground at Borguli eroded. Massive erosion was continuing in Sigar and Borguli villages.

Altogether 10 villages with 15,000 populations were badly affected, Tayeng said, adding that power supply and water pipelines were also badly damaged.

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