JONAI, July 25 - Incessant rain since the last one week in the upper reaches of Arunachal Pradesh has caused flash floods in Jonai revenue circle in Dhemaji district, where around 60,000 people have been affected.
Continuous moderate to heavy downpour in the region has inundated vast riverine areas of the sub-division and damaged about 1,000 hectares of standing crops at Bahir-Jonai, Rayang Bijoypur, Ramdhon, Laimerkuri, and Misamara panchayats.
Sources from the civil administration here informed that about 60,000 people of 226 villages have been affected by the flash floods. The overflowing waters of Jonai and Lali rivers have breached dykes at Mohmara and Bahir-Jonai last night and flooded two sites and inundated 19 villages, besides submerging PWD and rural roads.
Likewise, overflowing water of Lali (downstream of Siang) breached a protective dyke at Santipur and inundated Berachapori area. Human habitation at Beramilon, Tarigaon, Malbhug and Bholukaguri areas are reeling under waist-deep water. Several hundred affected people in the areas are taking shelter on the remaining dykes and highlands without sufficient food and housing.
The Jonai Circle Officer, who is monitoring the situation, informed that the sub-divisional administration has opened 19 relief camps at different places and supplying tarpaulin (roofing) and food material for the affected families.
District-level members of TMPK (Mising students) and local NGO activists are working in the affected areas and monitoring the situation round the clock.