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Arunachal: Joint committee of Brahmaputra Board, PWD, WRD, inspect areas hit by Siang river floods

Arunachal: Joint committee of Brahmaputra Board, PWD, WRD, inspect areas hit by Siang river floods

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ITANAGAR: A joint committee comprising the Deputy Chief Engineer, Brahmaputra Board, Chief Engineer Public Work Department Central zone B, Dy. Commissioner, East Siang District along with Chief Engineer WRD (P&D) and Chief Engineer, WRD WZ made a spot visit of the flood-hit areas under Mebo Sub-Division on Friday to assess the overall damages caused by Siang river flood on the left bank of the Siang river in Arunchal Pradesh.

The joint committee inspected the flood-hit areas at Sigar, Borguli, Seram and Namsing villages where Siang river caused maximum damages in the recent monsoon flood while washing away portion of Mebo-Dhola road near Namsing village and also near Borguli village where normal communication was affected leading to the diversion of the road to restoring the normal traffic movement.

The committee also made inspection to the flood control chain link boulder bund erected at Sigar village side which was also damaged by flood.

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As per official sources, the reports of the joint committee inspection will be submitted to the higher authority for further consideration to construct effective flood control measures to lessen the flood effect.

It is worth mentioning here that the yearly Siang river floods have already eroded several hundred hectares of agricultural land, grazing land including washing away of major developmental works/infrastructures like Educational institutions, roads, electrification, sericulture firms and villages.

In fact, these portions of Lower Mebo villages here in East Siang district of Arunchal like Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing, Gadum and Mer including Sigar, Ralling and Motum villages under Upper Mebo areas along the bank of river Siang have been one of the worst flood-affected areas in Arunachal Pradesh which needs union government’s adequate attention.

Since Siang flows from Chinese occupied Tibet where chances of China using this major river as a weapon against India in case of any war, the central government has been urged to look into the situation by Arunachal Pradesh residents.

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