Tuesday, February 4, 2020:
The renowned Pangsau Pass market along the India-Myanmar border in Arunachal’s Changlang district has been temporarily shut down by authorities amid the growing threat of the Coronavirus that has killed over 400 across the world.
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Notably, Arunachal Pradesh shares a 1,080-km long border with China, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak and a 2,204 km long border with Myanmar.
A district-level meeting was chaired by subdivisional officer Ibom Tao, at the end of which it was decided to “suspend all operations at the border haat” till 21 March 2020, to prevent the possible spread of the respiratory illness.
Traders from Changlang’s Nampong, along with those from Kachin State area, sell their wares at Pangsau, where the haat is held on the 10th, 20th, and 30th of every month. Pangsau Pass connects Nampong with Kachin state of Myanmar.
Meanwhile, gaonburahs and panchayat interim committee members of Nampong and nearby Tikhak Rima Putok have been asked to create awareness among locals and advise travellers not to venture across the border until the epidemic is brought under control.
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