Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed concern over the reported flash flood in Mechuka valley in West Siang district and extended solidarity with the affected people.
As per reports heavy downpour on Sunday triggered heavy flood in Tamdeling River which flows through middle of Mechuka town. The floodwater inundated half of the town, damaged several houses and badly affecting roads and water supply.
Taking cognizance of the situation, Khandu had an urgent discussion with Disaster Management Minister Takam Pario, who this evening sanctioned Rs 30 lakhs for immediate relief of the affected people and restoration of damages.
Khandu, in a message, appealed people staying in vulnerable places like river banks and landslide prone areas to maintain extreme caution during this season of unpredictable weather.
“We cannot predict nor prevent elements of nature. The most we can do is remain cautious and lessen our loses. The government is with the affected families and assure all possible support during hard times,” he said.
The Chief Minister meanwhile directed the concerned department and the local administration to assess the loses and submit the report to the government.
He also commended the Mechuka administration and the citizens for voluntarily contributing and joining the social service to construct the embankment along the river at vulnerable places.
“The government will always stand by you but you have to stand up for yourself first during such times,” he added.