Pasighat: The flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh‘s East Siang continues to remain grim, with river Siang rising above the danger level, causing floods and soil erosion in various parts of the district.

The authorities are worried by the volume and turbulence of Siang’s water as the affected people are struggling to reach higher, safer grounds and salvaging their belongings.

The DDMO of Pasighat said the water level of Siang is rising due to incessant rain and flowing 0.60 cm above the danger mark (153.96 metres) at Pasighat. Officials said the Pasighat-Pangin road connectivity has been disrupted due to massive landslides at several locations including Ribi Nallah. Restoration work is in progress and people have been advised not to travel.

About 150-200 metres of National Highway-13, starting from Siluk War Memorial, have partially submerged in floodwater, threatening to eat away the edges of the road.

According to the office of the Mebo ADC, about 10 metres of land along the left bank of Siang has been eroded at Sigar, washing away the boundary spurs built by the community on a self-help basis. These were constructed to protect the old playground, Garak river banks and graveyard boundary.

The Gabion wall along the river bank beside the playground, executed by the RWD under SDRF 2021-22 has been washed away. So were the concrete blocks built by the WRD along the left bank of Siang.

At some stretches, the Siang is barely 5-6 metres from the old PWD road. While the Borguli Youth Festival ground is submerged, the abandoned boys’ hostel area is barely half a metre from being eroded. The sericulture farm and SPT facility are on the brink, just 7-8 metres from the Siang.

The old submerged boulder spur at Seram village has been eroded 3-6 metres while at Namsing, an area of 200 sq. m is submerged. Erosion of 5-6 metres has been observed at Taro Tamak Ghat and an electric pole of 11 KV line there is at risk.

Mebo EAC James Mary Tayeng said 500-600 metres of land at Mer village has been submerged.

The district administration has undertaken relief and evacuation measures.

About 870 meters of a pipeline has been dismantled from the old PWD road and is being re-laid alongside the alternative road covering a distance of about 1 km by PHED with the help of more than 120 villagers.

PWD workers and villagers have constructed an alternative road from Patang Korong to Sigar and from Sigar to Popir Etpang joining Mebo-Dhola road, covering a total distance of 3 km up to Granular Sub Base. A bridge over Patang stream and the construction of a culvert over Popir stream has been completed on a war footing.

The houses located precariously at Sigar and Borguli Sericulture Farm areas have been directed to be dismantled and people evacuated to higher grounds. Temporary relief shelters have been identified at the Government HS Schools at Borguli and Motum to accommodate the people. FPS owners have been asked to keep sufficient ration in stock.

East Siang deputy commissioner Kinny Singh has asked the people to keep a strict vigil on the flood situation and directed the officers not to leave the station without permission.

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