Fresh landslides kill two in Arunachal, toll rises to 19

ITANAGAR: At least two persons were killed and sev­eral dwellings damaged in fresh landslides triggered by rains in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh today, raising the toll to 19.

The fresh landslips occurred at Thongleng Village, 20 km from Tawang town in between Tawang- Lumla road, ADC Lod Gambo said.

While 30 houses were badly damaged, one house where the victims were staying was washed away, the ADC said.

The district administration has pressed men and machin­ery for relief and rescue opera­tions, he said.

The death toll has now risen to 19 due to heavy rains and floods. While a person drowned at Jengthu River in Namsai district on April 17 last, 16 la­bourers including one super­visor were killed in a massive landslide triggered by inces­sant rains at Phamla village in Tawang yesterday.

The victims were mainly labour­ers from Assam and Nepal who had come in search of livelihood. Inces­sant rain in the past couple of days triggered massive landslides in various places of the Buddhist town bordering China.

Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju today took stock of the situation at Tawang.

Later Rijiju had to undertake road journey from Tawang to Itanagar as the chopper could not fly due to inclement weather.

Chief Minister Kalikho Pul who is personally monitoring the situation all over the state had telephonic interactions with 18 deputy commissioners yesterday and enquired about the prevailing flood situation in their districts.


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