Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed concern over the loss of lives at Modirijo and Donyi Polo area of the capital complex in Itanagar due to a landslide on Friday. The Arunachal floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain in the last two days have claimed at least three lives in the capital.
Officials said three persons were missing and a search and rescue operation was under way to find them. Five teams from the National Disaster Response Force and four from the State Disaster Response Force have been deployed.
On Friday, the police said, the body of a minor boy was retrieved from the Papu Nallah area, and that of another person was found in the Nirjulil area.
A woman from the Donyi Polo area, who was rescued with multiple fractures, succumbed to injuries at the R K Mission Hospital in Itanagar later.
The CM has announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the families of the deceased.
Saddened by loss of lives reported & damages due to mudslide/floods at various locations in Itanagar. My deepest condolence for the lives lost & prayer for safety of those missing. Search & rescue operation is on with efforts to relocate affected families and ex-gratia announced. pic.twitter.com/urWu8RVaNK
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) September 14, 2018
The rains washed away 26 houses, while more than 60 suffered full or partial damage in affected areas of Modirijo, the Donyi Polo area, Chandra Nagar, Lobi, GSS Police colony, Press colony, said Prince Dhawan, Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar.
CM Khandu has assured the people of all possible support from the government. He has directed the district administration and the disaster management department to continuously monitor the situation.
The CM asked Chief Secretary Satya Gopal to personally oversee the rescue operation and evacuate people to safer places.
According to reports, two relief camps have been set up at Modirijo government primary school and Donyi Polo government primary school. Land protection wall of several streams and rivulets in Itanagar are said to have suffered severe damage following the floods.
Officials said the most affected areas included Modirijo, the Donyi Polo area, Lobby, Chandranagar and Chimpu.
They said water supply to the capital region had been affected.
Landslides were reported in Potin to Pangin portion of NH-13 near Aalo-Bam-Pusi-Doke-Tirbin in West Siang district, Hoj-Potin in Papum Pare district and in some other parts of the state too.