LIKABALI, July 5: Likabali, the district headquarters of Lower Siang District, has been facing an acute drinking water crisis for the past two weeks. Incessant rainfall has triggered a massive landslide, damaging the main ductile iron pipelines of 250 mm and 200 mm from the Gogar river, thereby severely disrupting the water supply to Likabali town.

PHE&WS executive engineer Binga Gara said men, tools, and plants have been engaged to clear the landslide and recover the buried pipes.

“The field staff of the PHE & WS, Likabali, are rendering their best efforts to restore the damaged pipeline, but continuous rainfall is hampering restoration works,” said Gara. He stated that the restoration work might take 2-3 more days, subject to conducive weather conditions. He appealed to the residents to bear with the inconvenience caused.

In response to the water crisis, Lower Siang deputy commissioner Rujjum Rakshap, along with officials inspected the flood-damaged sites on July 3. He appreciated the unwavering efforts of the field staff to restore the damaged pipelines and maintain the water supply to the township despite the challenges.

The DC also commended the department staff for their dedication under difficult conditions.

To mitigate the existing water scarcity in Likabali town, the department has deployed water tankers since July 2 to provide drinking water for domestic use to the residents.