ITANAGAR, Sept 4 - Concerned over the unprecedented situation in the Siang river basin where certain areas are facing a drought-like situation while others are reeling under flood, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today drew the attention of the Union Home Ministry towards it.
In a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Khandu called for an inter-ministerial team to assess the situation for further action and precautionary measures.
Khandu informed the Home Minister about reports of the Siang river flowing above the danger level. He said many houses have been washed out under the impact of the gushing floodwaters. The sudden rise in the water level and muddy water flowing in the river were causing concern among the locals, he added.
In a contrasting development, the Chief Minister said that many areas of Namsing, Mer, Gadum, Gadum-II, Kongkul and Seram villages of Namsing circle under Mebo subdivision of East Siang district, areas of Siang, Upper Siang and parts of Lower Dibang Valley districts are under a drought-like situation, causing loss of crops.
He requested the Home Ministry to depute an inter-ministerial team to visit the flood and drought-affected areas of the State for a clear picture to take remedial measures immediately.