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Incessant rains in Arunachal Pradesh have disrupted normal life by causing floods and landslides in many districts, officials said. Due to rain, the major rivers of the state are in spate and flowing above the danger mark. 

On Sunday, the crucial Kurung bridge was washed away, cutting off access to the Kurung Kumey district from the rest of the country, confirmed Koloriang MLA Pani Taram. Kurung Kumey district is adjacent to the Chinese border. The bridge is used to connect Kurung Kumey district to the nearby Sangram district, which further connects Palin, Yachuli, Yazali and Itanagar. This bridge is very important in terms of connectivity. This bridge is used to connect the Sarli and Huri areas going towards China.

Meanwhile, a landslide in Division IV of the state capital damaged several buildings and buried a car. The car’s driver, a woman, miraculously escaped unharmed, police said. 

Flood alert in Namsai and Lohit district

A flood alert has been issued for Namsai district and Wakro circle in Lohit district as river levels have surpassed danger marks. So far, 34 villages in these areas have been affected, officials noted. Residents have been urged to stay alert, take necessary precautions, and avoid venturing into rivers or their banks.

In East Siang district, water levels in the Siang river and its tributaries have risen significantly. Landslides along the Pasighat-Yingkiong and Pasighat-Aalo highways have disrupted communication, and floodwaters have inundated low-lying areas in Pasighat, Ruksin, Mirem, Bilat, and parts of Lower Siang district.

Additionally, the severe weather has impeded construction work on the Murkongselek-Pasighat railway line.

IUMD issues Red Alert

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for Changlang, Namsai, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, and Lower Siang districts, forecasting heavy to very heavy rainfall over the next two days. Heavy rain, accompanied by thunderstorms and lightning, is expected in Anjaw, Papum Pare, Tirap, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Leparada, Longding, West Kameng, and West Siang on Tuesday.

(With PTI inputs)

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