Two killed, several missing in Arunachal flood and landslides

Itanagar, September 14: Incessant rain for last couple of days that triggered landslides and flood have left trails of large scale devastation in Arunachal Pradesh.

Two human casualty including a minor has been reported as of now. While three went missing for which search and rescue operation is underway, two persons were retrieved and are undergoing treatment.

Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of several lives at Modirijo and Donyi-polo area of Capital complex due to landslide on Friday morning.

Khandu announced immediate release of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to next of kins of the deceased and prayed for early recovery of those recuperating in the hospitals.

Assuring all possible support from State Government, Khandu directed the district administration and the disaster management department to continuously monitor the situation.

He directed the Chief Secretary to personally monitor the situation and shift the people from vulnerable areas to safer places. Khandu further directed the district administration to conduct proper loss assessment and submit the report to the government at the earliest.

Reportedly, 12 houses have been fully washed away while eight houses were damaged partially in Modirijo and five houses fully damaged and four partially damaged in Donyi Polo area by the landslide and flood.

Few cars and bikes have also been reportedly swept away in the flooded river. Approach road to Modirijo has been completely washed away while half of the culvert  has been reported to be damaged in Donyi polo area.

A team of officers led by DC capital with Police, Disaster Management officers and others visited all major affected sites like  Modirijo, Chandernagar, Lobi, Donyi Polo, GSS Police colony and so on to assess the situation.

Water supply lines to capital region have also been reportedly badly affected by the incessant rain triggered landslide and flood.

Reports of landslide in Potin to Pangin portion of NH-13 near Aalo-Bam-Pusi-Doke-Tirbin, Hoj-Potin and some other parts of the state has also been pouring in.

Khandu has issued directives to all the DCs to keep strict vigil and alert during the monsoon to avoid human casualties and damages. He also gave strict instructions to ensure preparedness to tackle the catastrophe.