GUWAHATI: An Inter Ministerial Central Team of the Government of India, headed by K B Singh, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home affairs recently visited the state of Arunachal Pradesh to assess the damages caused by heavy rains and floods this monsoon.
During the two-day visit, the team inspected the flood damages caused by the ravaging Siang River at Mebo area under Namsing circle in Eastern Arunachal Pradesh’s East Siang district.
Notably, Mebo is considered the rice bowl of Arunachal Pradesh.
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu said, “The team also visited the flood affected site where Namsing villagers had constructed sandbag spurs and bamboo porcupines on self-help basis to protect their village and agricultural land from rampaging Sinag River.”
Khandu also chaired a review meeting on disaster with the central team at Pasighat, the district headquarters of East Siang district, to assess the damage in entire state caused by heavy rains and floods.
“Last year too, the state government sanctioned Rs 35 crore for protection works. However, due to the high density rainfalls, the damage is not lessened. Taking cognizance of this, I wrote a memorandum to the Centre following which the team has come for an assessment. After this assessment, the Centre will step up necessary measures,” Khandu added.