Death toll in ‘capital’ disaster rises to 5

Death toll in ‘capital’ disaster rises to 5

Itanagar, Sep 15: The death toll from the torrential rains that lashed the state capital region on Thursday rose to five with the recovery of two more bodies from the Dikrong river in Assam’s Harmutty and Bihpuria areas on Saturday.

One body was been retrieved from Harmutty by the civilians of the locality around 8.30 am. The body was identified to be of Rigio Tagung, aged around 55, of Modirijo village, according to a release from Capital district administration here.

Rigio Tagung’s wife also lost her life in the disaster after being drowned in the floodwaters. Though the victim was retrieved from Modirijo but she succumbed to her injuries in the hospital on Friday.

According to a latest report, a dead body of an unidentified woman was retrieved by Banderdewa Police and NDRF team from the river at Nepali Gaon near No. 2 Pithaguri under Assam’s Bihpuria police station. The body was later identified to be that of 32-year-old Mary Beyong of Modirijo. Her 10-year-old daughter Pangpi Beyong is still remained traceless.

Besides washing away precious lives, the torrential rain-triggered flash flood and landslides had on Friday left a trail of devastations in Modirijo village and Donyi Polo Colony destroying homes and displacing scores of households.

Meanwhile, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso and Capital Complex DC Prince Dhawan today distributed relief materials like blankets, utensils and food items to the victims whose houses were totally washed away or damaged by yesterday’s heavy rainfall near the bridge point of Modirijo and Donyi Polo Colony.

Kaso appealed the denizens to remain alert as yesterday’s incident was an eye opener for all of us. So many incidents in a single night were witnessed for the first time in last 40-45 years, he said and urged people to refrain from building houses in vulnerable areas and to shift to safer locations.

The DC also urged people to refrain from residing in vulnerable areas. The DC further informed that those victims who lost their lives would be provided ex-gratia after due procedure.

A medical team led by Dr Kabak Tamar also participated in the relief mission and provided first aid, conducted health check-up of all those injured at Modirijo and Donyi Polo Colony. Laboratory tests for suspected water borne diseases were also conducted.

Mobile ambulance has also been activated for any medical emergency.

The team was accompanied by DDMO Moromi Dodum Sonam and FO Jogam Angu Gusar.

Meanwhile, the additional chief organizer of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) Kipa Tagung along with few other leaders today visited the flood affected area in Modirijo village and gave some financial help to flood victims. APCSD also expressed deep sorrow over the loss of human lives and properties due to flash flood and landslide.

On the other hand, the Arunachal Youth Organization appealed to the local MLA and district administration to extend financial help to its spokesperson Rakhe Naku (Dui), who sustained injuries in yesterday’s rain-triggered catastrophe at Donyi Polo Colony and is currently undergoing medical treatment at RKMH here.


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