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Arunachal: Two dead in fresh landslides, toll rises to 19

Arunachal Pradesh Landslides Death Toll
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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 as 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.

There are landslides and flood-like situation in almost all the districts. While major damage and casualties have been reported in Tawang, other districts like Anjaw, Changlang, Lower Subansiri and East Siang districts were reported to be badly affected by pre-monsoon rains.

The chief minister instructed the DCs to remain alert, keep the District Disaster Task Force ready, see that medicines and ration items are adequately stocked and to
maintain drinking water facilities. 

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