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Devastating Flash Flood Strikes West Kameng District, Causing Extensive Damage - No Casualties Reported

Correspondent Correspondent
Monday, July 24, 2023
Devastating Flash Flood Strikes West Kameng District, Causing Extensive Damage - No Casualties Reported
Unprecedented Flash Flood Hits West Kameng District Causing Extensive Damage but No Casualties Reported.
Guwahati, July 24, 2023: A sudden and severe flash flood struck the West Kameng district recently, causing widespread devastation to houses, roads, and various structures. The calamity was triggered by a cloudburst and had its most severe impact in areas like Rama Camp, Sappar Camp, and Dirang. Fortunately, there have been no reported casualties from this natural disaster, which occurred on July 21.

Among the affected areas, Sapper experienced the maximum devastation when the flash floods hit around 10:45 am on Friday. The catastrophe was caused by a cloudburst near the Sela range, leading to significant damage to properties and infrastructure.

The consequences were particularly dire near the Sela pass, where an under-construction tunnel and the link road to the proposed mini secretariat were completely washed away. Moreover, heavy machinery like earthmovers and bulldozers suffered damage, exacerbating the destruction.

The flash flood also had a severe impact on agricultural lands and crops, posing additional challenges to the affected communities.

In response to the disaster, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) and the Dirang administration conducted a field survey along the Miyong River, from Khonfathhar Bridge in Dirang Village up to Senge Village on Sunday. The assessment revealed significant damage to several houses and properties, along with the loss of three iron hanging bridges at Dhirme (Nyukmadung Village) and one each at Zangdorong and Saskarong, near a hydel project.

The flood swept away kutcha houses, and some houses in Rajapa Colony, near Yeshi Garage in Dirang, suffered partial damage due to the devastating flash flood.

To ensure the safety of residents, the DDMA and Dirang administration have issued an advisory, urging people to avoid riverside areas and remain vigilant during the night.

Responding to the emergency situation, the 12th Battalion of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been deployed in the affected area to provide much-needed assistance and support in dealing with the aftermath of the disaster.

The situation in West Kameng district remains challenging, but with the joint efforts of the authorities, relief organizations, and community support, it is hoped that the affected areas will be able to recover and rebuild in the coming days.