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Two killed in landslide, flash flood in Itanagar

GUWAHATI:  Landslides and flash flood triggered by incessant rain over the last couple of days have created havoc at Modirijo and Donyi-polo areas of Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh where two human lives were lost so far while three others went missing on Friday morning.

Search and rescue operation were underway and two persons were retrieved and admitted to hospital.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu announced immediate release of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to next of kin 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.

An official source in Itanagar informed that at least 12 houses were washed away while 8 houses damaged partially in Modirijo and nine houses were damaged in Donyi-polo area by the landslide and flood.

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

Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein summoned the DC Capital, Prince Dhawan in his office in Friday evening to take stock of the exact situation and instructed the DC, SP Capital and Chief Secretary In-charge, Kaling Tayeng to leave no stone unturned to carry out rescue operations and to provide relief materials to the affected families. He also instructed DC Capital to rehabilitate the affected families and to vacate those residing in vulnerable places like nallahs, river banks, slide prone areas, etc., to the safer places. He further appealed to the people to cooperate with the district administration in such difficult times.

Many schools in the Capital Complex have been designated as temporary relief shelter for flood-hit and all the relief materials including blankets, vessels, utensils, etc., would be provided by the district administration.


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