Devastating downpour caused flash floods in India’s eastern most state of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday.
Over 800 people were stranded and scores of them went missing after the flash floods washed away leaving a trail of destruction at Kaspi Nala near Nag-Mandir Tenga in West Kameng District in Arunachal Pradesh on Monday evening.
The para military forces and the National Disaster Response Forces were deployed to carry out rescue operations in the areas.
According to reports the cloudburst triggered flash floods damaged over four houses, a boys hostel and a restaurant on the hills. Several motor vehicles and other equipment of the locals washed away.
The cloudburst was accompanied by hail storms which created havoc in the area.
The flash floods came after heavy downpour for over an hour in the District headquarters. The rains blocked all the drainage pipelines and spread debris all over the place.
Arunachal Pradesh, being a hilly area is prone to landslides. Keeping this in view the West Kameng district administration has closed the road from Balipara to Tawang via Charduar.
Similar cloudburst had taken place in April this year causing severe damage in Bomdila, which is the headquarters of West Kameng district.
The flash floods stranded many people making vehicular movement extremely difficult. Residents were advised by the officials to remain careful and avoid commuting until the situation normalized.