Fresh landslides claim two more

Our Correspondent

Itagar, April 23: At least two persons were killed and several dwellings damaged in rain-triggered fresh landslides in Tawang district today.

The fresh landslips occurred at Thongleng village, 20 kms from Tawang town between Tawang-Lumla road, ADC Lod Gambo informed.

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

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

With today’s deaths, the total number of flood related deaths in the State rose to 19.

While a person drowned at Jengthu river in msai district on April 17 last, 16 labourers including one supervisor were buried alive 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 here in search of livelihood.

Incessant rains in the past couple of days triggered massive landslides at various points in the Buddhist town bordering Chi.

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

Rijiju was accompanied by Tawang Brigade Commander Brigadier DS Kushwaha, Defence spokesman Lt Col Suneet Newton said.  

The Tawang Brigade deployed in the vicinity was the first responder to the crisis and was immediately pressed into action with four quick reaction teams and one medical team for humanitarian assistance and rescue operations, he said.

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

Chief Minister Kalikho Pul who is persolly monitoring the situation all over the State, had telephonic interactions with 18 deputy commissioners on Friday and enquired about the prevailing flood situation in their districts.

There are landslides and flood-like situation in almost all the districts. Major damages and casualties have been reported in Tawang, Anjaw, Changlang, Lower Subansiri and East Siang districts, all reported to be badly affected by pre-monsoon floods.

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