Eight killed in Arunachal flash floods
Eight persons were feared killed in the recent flash flood at Rupa in Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said today.india Updated: Oct 30, 2008 19:37 IST
Eight persons were feared killed in the recent flash flood at Rupa in Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said on Thursday.
A vehicle carrying six persons was washed away and a Nepali couple was drowned while attempting to cross a stream at Rupa town which experienced incessant rains in the last few days, the sources said.
The bodies were yet to be recovered.
The flash flood also breached several points on the vital road linking the border town of Tawang from Balipara in Assam disrupting movements of vehicles.
Border Road organisation sources in Tezpur told PTI on phone that long stretches of the road had been washed away and 500 men and machines were on the job to rebuild it on war footing .
The sources said that heavy machines were being airlifted from Aalo to expedite the restoration work which might take 15 to 20 days.
Traffic was disrupted on the road for several days due to a similar breach in July last.
Chief minister Dorjee Khandu after making an aerial survey of the Rupa sub-division yesterday announced Rs 50lakh as immediate relief and exgratia of Rs one lakh for each of the next of kin of the deceased.
R K Khrimey, MLA, told PTI that he led local people to clear the silt blocking the hilly town.
While 24 houses, including two belonging to state government were washed away, 37 others badly damaged.
He said the flash flood was caused by cloudburst.