Arunachal District Facing Food crisis after landslide

A remote district, Kurung Kumey, in Arunachal Pradesh, ordering China, is facing severe food crisis as many places here are cut off from rest of the world since July 19, 2011 following massive landslides triggered by incessant rainfall. The State Government has allocated very little air tonnage, limiting it to almost two ration sorties, which is completely insufficient to meet the requirements of the local populace.

Kurung Kumey is a remote district mainly inhabited by Nyishi tribe belonging to Abo Tani family. There are many tribes belong to Abu Tani family in other districts, they are Apatani in Lower Subansiri,Galo in Upper Subansiri, Tagin in Upper Subansiri.

Parsi Parlo zila parishad member Sangha Tagik, who toured many disconnected areas of the district, said in a statement “there is acute shortage of essential commodities with the people deprived of any supply from outside and all schools have been closed for want of ration rice”.

Kurung Kumey District

“The 39-km Koloriang-Parsi Parlo road, built with NABARD funding, was completely washed away and blocked at least 45 places by heavy landslips in the first week of August, while numerous culverts and wire-roap suspension bridges have been completely washed away, including at Mengio, Patuk, Lebia, Kemiya, Piglo and Tamin,” Tagik said.

Describing the situation as ‘grave’ and people’s sufferings ‘immeasurable’, Food and Civil Supplies Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar, who hails from the district, today urged the State Government to sanction immediate fund for undertaking relief and rehabilitation.

Source : Assam Tribune

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