Itanagar: Following flash floods and blockades in various locations in the Itanagar Capital Region, the district administration is vacating those residing in and near vulnerable locations.

People living in low-lying areas are being asked to shift to relief camps and to safer locations, while men and machinery have also been engaged to clear all the blockades.

Several relief camps have been identified in the ICR by the administration, some of which are the Arunodaya Government Higher Secondary School in Itanagar, GHSS in Model Village and Nyokum Hall in Banderdewa.

The nodal officers against each relief camp are Moyir Kato, Laxmi Dodum and Ritu Tawe circle officers of Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa respectively.

Meanwhile, the district disaster management officer-in-charge Tem Kaya visited all the sites of the ICR that have been affected by heavy rainfall on Wednesday.

He informed that flash floods had occurred at Borum and Tarajuli village near railway station Naharlagun which has caused severe damage to properties.

Kaya also informed that a culvert bridge at Tarajuli is reported to be completely washed away while a house at F-sector, Naharlagun was submerged by floodwater.

The DDMO said the cause of the flash flood was incessant rain, but it was mostly due to illegal earth cutting and human interference with the river course.

ICR deputy commissioner Talo Potom had earlier in an order directed the people residing in vulnerable areas to move to safer locations to avoid loss of lives and properties.

The DC had also issued a prohibitory order on May 11 banning earth cutting in the ICR that consists of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa.

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