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Cloudburst in Arunachal Pradesh; flash floods and landslides

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West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has been cut-off since Monday after a cloudburst resulted in washing away of a culvert, several houses, and two missing persons.

Bhalukpong legislator Kumshi Sidhishow said the same on Monday afternoon.

West Kameng DC sent a message last night to the state chief minister Pema Khandu reporting a cloudburst at Kaspi near Nag Mandir which had led to three buildings (including a hotel) being completely washed away and left six houses severely damaged. One reinforced concrete bridge connecting Bhalukpong-Chariduar to Tawang BCT road at Kaspi was also washed away.

80 students and staff of local hostels were evacuated safely during the landslide.

The deputy commissioner also informed that a 23-year-old woman, Kanchi Mosau, went missing while her husband was injured. Over 110 people were evacuated from 11 houses in Kapsi village.

An arterial road has been blocked in several places and sub-divisional officials have been unable to navigate that stretch.

Another road from Nag Mandir to Jamiri village has been disfigured. The district administration has asked all residents in low lying areas to move to higher grounds.

The Bhalukpong-Chariduar to Tawang-BCT Road normally witnesses blocks by landslides every year. In 2017, there were heavy landslides in Bhalukpong, which damaged a circuit house. The Border Roads Organisation maintains the road, but the construction work has not improved the situation, a local resident said.

The deputy commissioner’s message also said hundreds of vehicles were stranded on a road between Bomdila and Rupa. Vehicles were unable to move from Tezpur to Bhalukpong via Chariduar to Tawang road because of the situation.

Updated by: News Sources 2019-07-10 4:57 PM