AAPSU leaders speak to reporters in Itanagar. (File image)

The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has called upon the state government and MPs of the state to impress upon the Central government for adequate relief, rehabilitation and reconstruction package for the state.

The AAPSU on Friday said reports have been coming from various districts on severe damages to properties and loss of lives, necessitating a full-fledged disaster mitigation and relief plan at the earliest to deal with any emergencies.

“The India Meteorological Department has forecast thunderstorms and heavy rainfalls across the North East including Arunachal Pradesh. Many rivers of the state are already flowing above danger levels due to continuous rainfall since many days. There are possibilities that the state would witness more landslides and flash-floods in the coming days,” the AAPSU said.

The union also called for the identification of proper evacuation sites in all the vulnerable districts including the Capital Complex.

“A directive has been issued by the AAPSU to all its federal units to voluntarily extend their support and cooperation to the administration in their respective districts. We also appeal to the citizens to follow all necessary precautions and advisories issued by the government regarding natural calamities and cooperate with the district administrations, police and the respective disaster management officials who are working 24×7,” the union said.

On Covid-19, the union said: “Since the state is facing multiple problems including the increasing Covid-19 positive cases, the time has come for everyone including the state government and its agencies to deal with the matter with extreme caution and seriousness.”

“It has now become more important for people of the state to follow all the guidelines including the SOPs issued for Covid-19 with all seriousness,” the union added.

Members of the AAPSU led by its vice-president Meje Taku, earlier in the day, visited several areas of the Capital Complex affected by flash floods and landslides.

The team also visited Modirijo village where a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall claimed the lives of three people and damaged many others houses and properties

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com