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Govt team visits flood-hit Arunachal district

Tamiyo Tatak, along with the members of a committee, on Saturday inspected the flood-ravaged areas of Sigar, Raling, Motum, Borguli, New Borguli, Seram, Kongkul and Namsing villages

By Maksam Tayeng in Pasighat
  • Published 13.10.18, 11:54 PM
  • Updated 13.10.18, 11:54 PM
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Officials inspect the flood-ravaged areas under Mebo subdivision on Saturday. Maksam Tayeng

East Siang deputy commissioner Tamiyo Tatak, along with the members of a committee, on Saturday inspected the flood-ravaged areas of Sigar, Raling, Motum, Borguli, New Borguli, Seram, Kongkul and Namsing villages under Mebo sub-division here in East Siang district.

According to the recent direction of Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu, the committee was constituted to assess the damage in the district.

The committee members interacted with village heads and public leaders while inspecting the areas to take stock of the situation. The village heads in Sigar and Raling told the deputy commissioner about the change of the river’s course towards the villages and sought construction of an embankment in the north-west of Sigar village from where the Siang flows towards the left.

In Borguli, the villagers, led by village head Tokong Tayeng, village secretary Balom Tayeng, former Anchal Samity members Bapiyang Tayeng and Horinath Tayeng, took the committee to the sites where emergency embankments had been raised.

The villagers briefed the committee about the death of around 100 cattleheads which had got stranded on the river island during the floods, associated with high tides, in Siang. Horinath said many cows had died after they got stuck in the mud and silt deposited in the large stretches of the river bank.

The residents of Seram, Kongkul and Namsing villages briefed the committee about the erosion of large stretches of agricultural land, besides damage of houses.

Seram village, being one of the worst-affected, sought construction of an embankment at Bakkul, between Borguli and Seram villages, to protect the village from further erosion.

The report of the committee will be sent to New Delhi for release of funds for flood relief and construction of large embankments.

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