Bomdila: Flash floods triggered by incessant rains and landslides created havoc in various places of Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district, especially along the Bhalukpong-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) road, on Monday. A 23-year-old woman, identified as Kanchi Mosbu, was reportedly missing till the filling of this report.
Meanwhile, the West Kameng district administration has ordered the closure of the BCT road and imposed a ban on the entry of vehicles from Assam side in Bhalukpong and from Tenga side in the district. The district administration has passed prohibitory orders to people from venturing into rivers and drains of the district.
Looking at the level of disaster, the West Kameng deputy commissioner has also directed the additional DCs of Singchung and Rupa to evacuate people from the flash flood-hit areas and ensure food, shelter, and drinking water to the affected people on priority basis.
Officials in the Singchung administration are also engaged in evacuating people at Hemoibung village located on the banks of river Zding-kho. A kuccha house was damaged on Monday morning at Sera village near Bomdila due to the landslide. Altogether, three members of a family were shifted to a safer location as they narrowly escaped death due to the disaster.
Incessant rains in the district since Saturday have also resulted in landslides at various places along the Orang-Kalaktang-Shergaon-Rupa-Tenga (OKSRT) road with hundreds of vehicles, including those of the Army, stranded on Monday.
In an order on July 8, West Kameng deputy commissioner in-charge A Pertin directed the BRTF to come up with a plan to effectively meet the monsoon challenges in line with the disaster management plans.
He also sought the putting up of adequate machines and manpower, including standby, at all the vulnerable points along BCT and OKSRT roads so that flow of essential commodities, movement of people and Army convoys are not hampered.
Officials said the RCC culvert bridge at Kaspi under Singchung administrative sub-division in the district was washed away around 2 pm on Monday. The boys’ hostel of a residential school building and four other SPT buildings in the periphery were also damaged.
A restaurant located nearby was washed away and a few vehicles parked alongside were badly damaged. The stretch of road connecting Nag Mandir and Jamiri administrative centre was washed away too.
Officials said round-the-clock emergency control rooms have been activated in all the administrative circles of the district. However, the incessant rains created havoc and hampered the evacuation and mitigation measures being taken up by the administration, police and BRTF.