Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Arunachal Pradesh: Landslide cuts off Dibang valley near China border

Heavy landslides hit Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley on Wednesday, due to heavy rainfall over the past few days, authorities said.

A major portion of a highway connecting the mainland with Dibang, a district bordering China, has been washed away in the landslides.

The district witnessed massive destruction between Hunli and Anini on the National Highway-33.

The National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) has mobilised resources to repair the damaged parts of the highway.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu, sharing a video of the incident, wrote on X, “Disturbed to learn the inconvenience being caused to commuters due to the extensive damage to the highway between Hunli and Anini”.

“Instructions have been issued to restore the connectivity at the earliest as this road connects Dibang Valley to the rest of the country,” he added.

At present, there is no scarcity of food and other essential items.

The damage is worrying since NH-33 is considered as a lifeline for the residents of the valley as well as the army.

The state government has placed restrictions on travelling and said the restoration exercise will take at least three days, The Indian Express reported.

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