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Arunachal Deluge: 20 Kurung Kumey villages cut off, DC who had gone to help people gets stuck, vehicle pulled out by excavator

First Published: 8th July, 2024 20:21 IST

As many as 20 villages from Damin, Parsi Parlo and Panyasang administrative circles under Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh are reportedly cut off from the rest of the state,

As many as 20 villages from Damin, Parsi Parlo and Panyasang administrative circles under Kurung Kumey district in Arunachal Pradesh are reportedly cut off from the rest of the state, following incessant rain this week that triggered major flash floods and landslides.

Over 5000 people from these 20 villages have so far been affected by landslides, which have raised concerns about a severe crisis of food grains, vegetables, medicines, essentials and fuel in the coming days.

Administrators are facing major challenges as far as restoration work is concerned.
Officials informed that the crisis has occurred mainly after a 52 metre long concrete bridge over the Kurung River was completely washed away due to the heavy rains and flash floods.

Although the administration has been trying to restore an alternate route, traveling through the road has become a risky affair due to heavy mudslides. Vehicles used for ferrying essentials are often getting stuck and have to be pulled out by using JCBs.

Meanwhile, the vehicle of Deputy Commissioner of Kurung Kumey, Vishaka Yadav also got stuck in the mudslides on Sunday when she was out for an inspection. Yadav informed that the administration is facing a stiff challenge in restoration of road connectivity as rains had not stopped.

However, she informed that mobile connectivity, electricity and water supply have been restored in most parts.

She also stated that the BRO is assisting the administration in the restoration work. A Bailey Bridge has been sanctioned and work will start soon.

She also informed that the state civil aviation department and the IAF choppers had been requested to carry out sorties to drop essentials, which is subject to clearance of weather conditions.

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