Tinsukia: Two persons — Srawan Yadav, 55, and Subhash Yadav, 45 — who were struck in Lohit river in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tezu, were rescued on Wednesday, two days after they got trapped in the flood waters due to rise in water level following incessant rainfall.
Talking to EastMojo, deputy commissioner of Lohit Prince Dhawan said that they had received information of two persons being struck in their khuttis in Lohit river opposite the headquarters of BRTF at Dimwe. “However, the rescue operation was undertaken on Wednesday after the water level receded and river started flowing 0.1 metre below the danger level mark,” he said.
“The rescue mission was conducted jointly by the district administration in collaboration with Lohit police and with the help of local boatman in rubber boat,” Dhawan said, adding that the rescue operation took 4 hours over a 15-km-long river course. “The boat started its mission from Dus Nallah Lohit confluence and finally landed near Chat Puja Ghat, Tezu Nallah to rescue the stranded persons,” he said.
The rescue operation team consisted of deputy superintendent of Lohit police and district disaster management officer (DDMO).
Dhawan said, “Flood control room (EOC) with toll free number 1077 has been made functional 24X7 during the monsoon period.”
The DFCSO of Tezu has been directed to arrange buffer stock of ration commodities and POL items to avoid crisis during monsoon period. “The district medical officer and DIPRO, Tezu have been instructed to publicize and advertise the possible diseases, symptoms and prepare do’s and don’ts during monsoon which may cause serious health hazards,” he added.
In last couple of days, several eastern districts of Arunachal Pradesh has seen flood like situation with several rivers swelling and flowing above danger level mark.
According to sources, taking proactive steps, Dhawan had already issued various directives to tackle the upcoming monsoon season in the district. “The DC has already prohibited fishing, bathing or any other activities on the river side by any person by any means in all rivers and streams within the jurisdiction of Lohit,” the source added.
Sources said, “All the HGBs and GBs of Lohit district have been directed to keep close watch on the flood like situation in their villages and inform the concern administrative officers of Wakro, Sunpura and DDMO, Tezu.”
They have been asked to carry out social service camps with the villagers from time to time in their villages to clear the water logging and dumping garbage in low lying areas and drains and nallahs to avoid water stagnation and maintain a healthy atmosphere and so that village can remain free of malaria, the source added.
Earlier, two girls, who were marooned in flood water at Tezu Nallah near Shivaji Nagar, were also rescued and shifted to safer location with the help of Elephant.