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Food items airlifted to Dibang
Published on 16 Jun. 2010 12:53 AM IST
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People of flood-ravaged Dibang Valley district heaved a sigh of relief as two Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper put in service by Arunchal Pradesh government managed to air drop food items in the crisis hit district.
Of the nine additional sorties, eight sorties with essential ration commodities (ERCs) managed to lift food to Anini, Anilih, Etalin circle headquarters and to Malinih from Roing, the district headquarters yesterday.
However, food could not be dropped at Mipi Circle headquarter due to inclement weather conditions, reported UNI. Altogether 17 sorties with ERCs managed to reach the district, including six sorties by MI-17 IAF and three by Jagson Helicopter, since the breakdown of surface communication on March 31 due to massive landslide triggered by torrential rain.
Official sources said the district administration is overseeing the arrangements and has deployed two circle officers to monitor the lifting of the ERCs in the helipad. Besides, temporary bamboo barricade with additional police personnel were also deployed in the helipad to minimise the rush of the people. Border Roads task Force (BRTF) sources today informed that efforts were on to make the Roing-Anini road through as early as possible.
Seven bulldozers have been pressed into service to make the road through by June 25 up to Dree river, nine km from Anini where, the bailey bridge collapsed, if weather permits, the sources added.
The All Idu Mishmi Students’ Union (AIMSU) has called for a 12-hour bandh in Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts today to draw attention worldwide to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the districts.

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