ITANAGAR, Aug 4 � A day after conducting an extensive aerial survey in eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh to assess the quantum of damage caused by flash floods, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today made an aerial survey of the flood-affected foothill areas of western Arunachal, including Papum Pare, East Kameng and West Kameng districts.
The Chief Minister was accompanied by West Arunachal (Lok Sabha) MP Takam Sanjoy, Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo and a team of top-ranking State government officials including Chief Secretary Yeshi Tsering.
Large portions of plain land of agriculture and habitation have been washed away by overflowing streams and rivers that crisscross the foothills of the State. Rivers have changed courses affecting communication and completely changing the geography of several habitations.
The Chief Minister made the surveys to personally equip himself with the magnitude of the damages and losses caused before a Central team of the Home Ministry came to take stock of the damages.
The Centre has assured the Chief Minister that a team would be dispatched to Itanagar soon to make surveys and assess the damages caused for subsequent assistance from the Centre to make up the losses.
On Friday, Tuki along with East Arunachal MP Ninong Ering, Parliamentary Secretary Karikho Kri, Chief Secretary Tsering, Disaster Management Director YW Ringu and WRD Chief Engineer L Angu surveyed the flood-affected areas of Dollungmukh, Likabali, Nari-Koyu before landing at Pasighat in East Siang district, from where he surveyed the affected areas in Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts.
While road communication has been totally disrupted in districts like Dibang Valley and Anjaw, the flood-affected low- land areas are yet to be brought to normalcy. There have been reports pouring in about huge loss of agriculture/horticulture fields besides losses of livestock and properties worth crores.