Central team to assess flood situation in Arunachal: Rijiju

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: Union minister Kiren Rijiju has assured the Arunachal Pradesh government that an inter-ministerial team will be visiting East Siang district soon to assess the damages caused by the recent floods, an official release said here on Thursday.
The Siang river, which originates in Tibet, was in spate in August and September due to heavy rains in China.
Over 1,000 families living in the catchment areas of East Siang district were affected by the flood.
Disaster Management Secretary Bidol Tayeng called on Rijiju in New Delhi on Tuesday to apprise him of the situation in the district, the release said.
Stressing the need for “flood protection” along Siang river, the secretary pressed for early visit of a central team to inspect the district and assess the losses, it said.
The union MoS for home affairs on his part said he was yet to receive a requisition letter from the state government in this regard. However, he promised to send an inter-ministerial team for assessment at the earliest.
“The team of experts will be visiting the district and file a report, based on which plans will be made to tame the Siang river,” the official release said, quoting Rijiju. (PTI)