[ Prafulla Kaman ]
PASIGHAT, Jan 4: The East Siang district administration on Thursday conducted an aerial survey to identify flood-prone areas in the Siang region, and took aerial pictures of the water courses in the Siang belt.
Mebo MLA Lombo Tayeng, along with DC Tamiyo Tatak and state government officials conducted the survey from a helicopter over the Siang and its tributaries, following instruction from Chief Minister Pema Khandu.
They also conducted survey on the Dibang (Sikang) river that flows down through Upper Dibang Valley and supplies plenty of water to the Taro-Tamak river in Mebo subdivision.
“The survey was meant to trace the vital locations of the rivers in the region and formulate effective flood protection policies,” said Tayeng.
Another member of the team, retired IAF group captain Mohonto Pangging, said: “We took photographs and videos of every strategic location, disaster-prone areas and river courses during the survey.”
“The photographs and videos will be submitted to the state government for analysis by experts,” he said.
Overflowing water of the Siang caused extensive damages in rural areas of Mebo subdivision last summer. The central government, following a request from the chief minister, had sent a team to visit the flood-hit villages and assess the situation.
Floods in the Siang caused by sudden release of large volumes of water by China also caused extensive damages in Mebo area.