ITANAGAR/GUWAHATI, Aug 31 - As many as 19 people were today airlifted by the Air Force from a flooded Arunachal Pradesh island, while over 200 others were rescued by disaster response teams from Dhemaji district as the Siang river, originating from China, continued to swell due to heavy rains.
Siang river, known as Tsangpo in China, flows downstream upon entering India to join the Brahmaputra.
The 19 rescued people � cattle-herders from Assam � were stranded for over 24 hours in East Siang district of Arunachal. The IAF operation followed a request by the district administration, East Siang DC Tamiyo Tatak said.
The other 200, who were rescued by personnel of the National Disaster Response Force and State Disaster Response Force, had gone to Dhemaji, near East Siang, for farming activities.
All of them, including children, have been brought to safety, sources in the Dhemaji administration said.
According to a Chinese government report, Tsangpo was in spate because of heavy rains. The various GD (gauge and discharge) stations on the Tsangpo had observed a discharge of 9,020 cumec water on Wednesday, officials there said.
The administrations of East Siang and bordering Dhemaji, Lakhimpur and Dibrugarh in Assam had sounded alerts yesterday following rise in water level in Siang.
Over 1,000 families living along the river have been affected at Mebo area in East Siang, Arunachal MLA Lombo Tayeng said. � PTI