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Aruchal government releases relief fund to calamity-hit districts

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  26 April 2016 12:00 AM GMT


ITAGAR, April 25: The Aruchal Pradesh government has released an amount of two crore to tragedy-hit Tawang district for relief and restoration works including ex-gratia payments to the next of kin of the deceased who died in landslides in the border district. The government also released relief fund amount to one crore each to the flood-affected districts of msai, Lower Subansiri, Changlang and Anjaw besides additiol relief fund of Rs 30 lakhs to all the DCs and Rs 10 lakhs to all the ADC headquarters, reports CMMC.

Chief Minister Kalikho Pul accompanied by in charge chief secretary Hage Khoda, disaster magement commissioner Hage Kojeen and disaster magement director Y W Ringu made an unsuccessful attempt to visit Tawang district on Sunday morning despite bad weathers.

The team had to return back to Guwahati Airport due to inclement weather as packed cloud over the Bhutan Valley en-route to Tawang had blurred visibility and deterred further movement of the Skyone helicopter, an official report said here today.

However, the chief minister is in constant touch with the local legislators Pema Khandu, Tsering Tashi, Jambey Tashi and the DC of the district.

Referring to the frequent occurrence of tural calamities due to landslides and flash floods in the state, Pul said that occurrence of landslides and flash flood in the state is predomint as the state is situated in a seismically high risk zone frequented with heavy rainfall.

“Presence of hilly terrains, steep slopes, loose and sandy soil and presence of multiple rivers, rivulets and small streams make our state more prone to such tural calamities,” he said. He called upon the people to learnt lesson from recent incidents of landslides at Tawang that caused loss of 18 lives and the water logging at Hotel PYBSS at Itagar that blocked the tiol Highway 415 for several days due to obstruction of tural flow of drain water by randomly building houses at drains and without following the building byelaws. “If the faults are not corrected in time and precautions are not taken, such high rise buildings are in danger and may collapse anytime risking lives of many people,” he pointed out.

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