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Tawang, Bomdila cut off, BRTF faces public ire
Published on 28 May. 2009 1:39 AM IST
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Flash flood triggered by torrential rain for past few days has disrupted surface communication to Tawang and West Kameng districts, as the entire stretch of Bhalukpong Bomdila Tawang road, the lifeline for three districts, remained cut off following massive landslides at several points. According to reports received from Tawang, massive landslips at Munna Camp and Nine Mile area brought surface communication to a grinding halt. Over hundred vehicles remained stranded including more than 500 people and 200 tourists. According to UNI report, the people of the affected areas cursed the Border Road Task Force (BRTF) personnel for inordinate delay in clearing the debris and to minimise the agony of the people, the report said. The deputy commissioner of West Kameng district, however, confirmed through telephone that she had talks with the Border Road Task Force (BRTF) who assured to clear the road soon. The Gacham river in West Kameng district is in high spate and flowing above the danger level. The micro hydel project at Nuranang is also under threat as all its tunnels were wedged by mud of the flood water. So is the fate with Dirang hydel. The upstream of the Tawang Chu River was also flowing above danger mark and already three to four log bridges had been washed away by the gushing water. The strategically important porter track, which connects Thingbu circle, was completely washed away along with several log bridges. The route is the lifeline for all the forward defence posts along the Indo-Sino border.The report further informed that the foot suspension bridge between Jang and Hro was also washed away by landslides. Power and water supply in both Tawang and West Kameng districts remained disrupted despite efforts by the departments concerned to restore it at the earliest, the report added.

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