ITANAGAR, Sept 18: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed grief over the reported loss of lives and properties, especially in Leparada district, due to rain-triggered flashfloods in several rivers and rivulets which also created havoc in West Siang, Siang and East Siang districts in the last couple of days.
The CM mourned the reported death of one Bato Doye and one Purna Bahadur Thakuri, who were reportedly washed away by a sudden flood in the Ego river in Dari circle of Leparada district.
Praying for their eternal peace, Khandu assured that relief would be processed as per government norms.
It is said that the sudden flood occurred due to the blockage of the river upstream by a massive landslide.
As the Ego bridge, which connects Likabali with Leparada district, has been washed away, Khandu appealed to commuters to avoid the Likabali-Aalo road until an alternative route is put in place.
The chief minister is in constant touch with the district administrations and the departments concerned to mitigate the situation and safeguard lives and properties.
The disaster management department is assessing the magnitude of the losses of public properties. As the roads are blocked in several places, the factual figures of the damages are yet to be assessed.
The CM has ordered assessment of damage to public properties, paddy fields and other utility services in all the three districts. He said the government will assess the damages and offer relief according to norms. He also stressed the need to “evolve a concrete plan to prevent damage of paddy fields by pests.”
Khandu appealed to everyone to remain cautious and take preventive measures as natural calamities cannot be accurately predicted. (CM’s PR Cell)