From our Correspondent
ITANAGAR, Feb 2: As many as 45 houses were completely gutted in fire accidents in different parts of Arunachal Pradesh with properties worth several lakh of rupees destroyed and over 300 people rendered homeless in the past 48 hours. 35 dwelling houses were reduced to ashes in a massive fire that broke out at Jote Cheda village in East Kameng district on Thursday last rendering about 200 people homeless. The incident occurred while the villagers were away into their fields for work. Upon hearing the news of the fire, the villagers rushed to their village only to find their houses gone and properties worth several lakhs were destroyed, official sources informed. Another fire mishap devoured ten houses at Sangti village near Dirang in West Kameng district burning down two houses completely and eight partially while also injuring one critically in the wee hours yesterday. The injured has been identified as Rinchin Ere, who suffered severe spinal burnt injuries. He was rushed to neigbouring Assam for further treatment. “The mishap occurred around 11 pm after villagers had finished their preparation of ‘khabzees’ or snacks for the upcoming Lossar festival.
Occupants of the buildings could not take out anything from their dwelling houses as they had all fallen asleep and there was also no electricity at that time, informed Sangti Anchal Samiti Member Nima Dorjee while appealing to the State government and district administration to provide necessary relief materials.
The loss included cash, local beads, motor vehicles, foodgrains and other edible materials stored for the upcoming festival is estimated to be in crores of rupees.
Meanwhile, Science and Technology Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering, who is the local legislator handed over one lakh in cash along with blankets, utensils and essential food items as interim relief material while also pledging support for incurring cost of treatment of the injured villager and rebuilding the houses.