PASIGHAT, Oct 8: Showing solidarity and standing by the side of suffering people of Monggu Banggo villages under Mebo sub-division due to flood menace and its associated massive erosion, the Yirang Welfare Society (YWS) has, as part of flood control measures, conducted a mass social service and constructed a huge spur by using sand-filled gunny bags in between Seram and Borguli villages. More than 200 volunteers including members of YWS from various villages of East Siang, Upper Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts took part in it.
Asked about their collective effort to support the flood-affected people of Monggu Banggo, YWS president Biyon Yirang said that they have been observing the flood menace in the villages like Borguli, Seram, Kongkul, Namsing, Gadum and Mer in which the lifeline of Monggu Banggo including parts of Lower Dibang Valley and entire part of Eastern Arunachal, Mebo-Dhola Road (MDR) is also under threat from the Siang river erosion.
“After seeing several voluntary flood control works being carried out by these flood affected villages to protect their villages, we thought of extending our helping hands by participating in the flood control work on ground…We believe that our little effort in helping flood affected people by constructing a spur in the major current striking point at ‘Moruk’ in between Borguli and Seram villages will be effective in diverting the river current upto some extent,” Yirang added.
The YWS used around 10,000 gunny bags in which sands were filled and the same were immersed in the river water with steep depth and with the help of iron/aluminum wire the spur was prepared. In this connection, several flood protection works were already done by the flood affected people including the villages from Lower Dibang Valley like Anpum, Loklung, Paglam, Banggo etc too.
Meanwhile, flood affected people including the other villages using MDR are of the view that the funds sanctioned for flood control work along the left bank of Siang river should be used judiciously and be handed over to the committee ‘SEEANG’ so that entire funds could be used appropriately while carrying out bund construction like that in Komlighat at Pasighat.