Itanagar: The death toll in the current wave of floods in Arunachal Pradesh has risen to four with the recovery of three more bodies even as the rivers in worst affected Lohit district were showing a receding trend on Monday.
 
Two persons died at Durra Nalla area in Lohit district while one person died in West Siang district on Sunday. On September 19, a college student had died after being swept away by flood waters at Sunpura in Lohit district, officials said.

While the body of one person has already been recovered in Lohit district, search operation is on to trace out the other, Lohit Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma said.
 
One Bhuvani Barman fell down from the landslide zone at Likabali in West Siang district on Sunday and drowned in the Siji River. His body was recovered later.
 
Governor J J Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki mourned the deaths and asked the administration to remain vigilant.
 
Tuki has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1.50 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased and assured the people that the state government is doing everything possible to rescue the marooned to the safer places.
 
Concerned over the devastation caused by nature’s fury in East Siang district, the Chief Minister released Rs 10 lakh as immediate relief.

The rivers in Lohit district are showing a receding trend with the intensity of rain reduced from last night. The rainfall data recorded only 112.00 mm in last 24 hours at Tezu, the district headquarters.
 
Nine persons marooned in the confluence of Kamlang and Lohit rivers were rescued on Sunday by an IAF chopper while 30 patients were also lifted to Mohanbari in Assam’s Dibruagarh district from Tezu for further treatment, they added.

Arunachal Pradesh Finance, Planning and PWD Minister Chowna Mein and local MLA Nang Sati Mein were camping at Namsai. Communication by country boat has been established
between Chongkham, Alubari and Napatia villages. MLA Chow Tewa Mein is also camping at Chowkham supervising relief operations.
 
Flood situation is still grim in East Siang district and reports of damages are pouring in from various parts of the district, the sources said.
 
Mer, Gadum and other nearby villages of Mebo circle are completely submerged by flood water. The villagers have been shifted to safer places. There is shortage of essential commodities, they said, adding arrangement for dropping essential commodities and rescue operation is being done on emergency basis.
 
The low lying areas of Pasighat, the district headquarters town were submerged by flood water.
 
Heavy downpour has left a trail of devastation in Likabali area under West Siang district. Flash flood followed by torrential rain since September 17 damaged many private and public properties in the Sub Divisional headquarters.
 
Major landslide triggered by rain caused road blockade at 3km point of Likabali-Aalo BRTF road. In Likabali Township, Liru and Lipu villages have been submerged by flood water.

Incessant rain and flood has also caused huge loss and damages of properties at Kangku and Gensi circles but detail assessment report is awaited. Educational institutions are not functioning in the area due to incessant rain and flood.

(Agencies)

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