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Sunday , August 24 , 2014
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Rain, landslides affect Pasighat road network

Tezpur/Dhemaji, Aug. 23: Massive landslides, triggered by torrential rain, have snapped road link to Pasighat in Arunachal Pradesh.

The Pasighat-Pangin-Yingkion road and Pasighat-Mariyang-Yingkiong road have remained cut-off for the past few days.

PWD engineers said the Pasighat-Pangin road was blocked at several places, including Kalamati and 20-Mile. Though the department is working on a war footing, limited resources and torrential rain are proving a hindrance.

The restoration of Pasighat-Mariyang-Yingkiong road in Upper Siang district has also begun. It could take two to three days, the department said, and appealed to all to avoid travelling on these roads till they are reopened.

There has been heavy rain in East Siang district, headquartered at Pasighat, for the past 20 days.

The Subansiri, which is flowing above the danger mark, is also posing a serious threat to Upper Subansiri district. It has inundated more than 200 houses in Daporijo, the district headquarters, since yesterday morning.

Tair Bulo, a senior citizen of Daporijo, said the rise in the water level of the Subansiri was unprecedented. The water rose to nearly six to 10 feet within a few minutes in various places of the district this afternoon.

Deputy commissioner Konkar Dulom said officials were assessing the damage at Daporijo, Duugi, Sippi, Kumporijo and Dumporijo.

Officials said though the river its still flowing above the danger level, its water is receding. The Subansiri has also affected Lakhimpur and Dhemaji districts of Assam.

The body of Rasu Basumatary, 26, who was washed away from Chauldhowa sapori in Lakhimpur district while collecting firewood, is still untraced. Rajiv Dutta Chaudhary, disaster management officer of the district, said an NDRF team and villagers were searching for the body.

Nearly 110 villages in the district are still underwater.

The Jiadhal, Kumati, Gainadi, Simen, Dimow and Dhikari rivers and the tributaries of the Brahmaputra in Dhemaji district are also flowing above the danger level since yesterday. Deputy commissioner Monalisa Goswami said 30 villages were inundated following the Jiadhal breached its embankment at Tekjuri yesterday.