Tawang – Gorsam Chorten Damaged
Torrential downpour has triggered landslides in the historical 12th century Gorsam Chorten in Zemithang on Monday, demolishing its boundary wall and drainage system. The CC steps from the Stupa to the Rinpoche’s living quarter (shah) has also been severely damaged and heavy volume of debris has been deposited inside the Stupa, submerging paths and prayer wheels. ‘The PWD road from New Zemithang to Old Zemithang has been badly damaged. The boundary wall of Govt. Residential school and the standing agricultural crops at Muchut village has also been damaged. The dwellers of Gorsam river belt also remain at high risk with the river gushing turbulently. ‘2-3 days of continuous downpour can raise the water level above the danger mark. Meanwhile, a team of officers have been deputed to assess the damages.
Diyun- YDCA’s Appeal
Young Diyun Christian Association (YDCA) has appealed all the communities of Diyun and Namsai to maintain peace and tranquility in the wake of the unfortunate incident concerning Mr. Lalrinsanga Ralte who happens to be a Christian leader. YDCA has stated in the release that since the accused is a Christian leader, some people with vested interest are trying to make it a religious issue which is evident by some of the posts and comments shared in the social media. It also refuted the claims of forceful conversion carried out by L. Ralte and condemned such claims and stated that making such false claims has the capacity to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the area. Some people have also posted photos of the Spiritual Awakening Programme in social media to assert their claim of conversion. The programme was conducted by YDCA on 15th and 16th July to provide spiritual guidance and wisdom to the Christian followers of Diyun irrespective of their denominations. The programme had nothing to do with conversion but to imbibe the Christian values to the followers of Christ. YDCA also stated that the alleged youth is already released on bail and the matter is sub-judiced now. It also appealed all to let the law take its own course and the matter should not be given a religious color.
Eight districts of Arunachal Pradesh are likely to be affected by the damages to the transmission line at location 12 of 132kv Ranganadi-Ziro. The damage occurred due to heavy landslides caused by incessant rains. Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd., Ziro, Chief Manager, Nani Kojin informed that the likely shutdown of the transmission line could be for at least 15days from the date of notice to be issued shortly. The affected districts would be Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansisri, Kra Daadi, Kurung Kumey, East Siang, West Siang, Upper Siang and some parts of Papum Pare. During this shutdown period, all feeder districts are to make alternative power arrangements from their own ends. Meanwhile the restoration work is going on in a war footing manner for immediate shifting of the tower to safer location and to avoid power interruption to the eight districts. Power Grid has sought the cooperation of the people and administration to bear with inconveniences and provide all necessary administrative support in case of any emergency needs.
A consultative meeting on disaster management to assess and take stock of the disaster preparedness in Siang district was convened by Siang Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh on Tuesday.
Addressing the officers, Singh who is also Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority informed that the main objective of the meeting was for preliminary preparedness for mega mock drill on earthquake, flood, landslide, fire accident etc. The DC urged all the members as well as all the line departments to remain prepared to tackle any eventuality that may happen anytime, anywhere. He sought suggestions from the members present so that the effects of disaster could be minimized. Since incidents caused by natural disaster are unpredictable, better coordination among different departments and agencies involved in disaster management must be established, said the DC. All the preparations including men and machineries must be completed on time to deal with the disaster. Singh also suggested inclusion of PRI leaders in the incident response system since they are well equipped and acquainted with the area for better information of the geographical landscape of the district.The DC also emphasized on stocking of food and other essential commodities including life-saving medicines, drinking water, temporary safe shelter, besides readying search and rescue team, evacuation and transportation, dissemination of warning and other important points before, during and after any disaster.