Four people including a minor were killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall in Tigdo Village of Arunachal Pradesh’s Papum Pare district on Friday.

The landslide reportedly occurred at around 2.30 am.

The deceased have been identified as Tana Martin (22), Tana John (17), Tana Yasum (8 months) and Yabung Lindum.

As per sources, all of the deceased who belonged to the same family died on the spot when the house they were living in was buried by the mudslide.

“The Papum Pare district administration, police and locals engaged in rescue operations have retrieved all the bodies from the debris,” sources said.

This is the third incident of people falling prey to nature’s fury in the state in a span of two months.

A minor girl was killed in a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall at the Doni Colony in Itanagar on June 25 while a woman and her two children were killed when a landslide buried their house in Dibang Valley district on May 26.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of lives.

Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family members who fell prey to nature’s fury, Khandu said that the State and it’s people are with the victim during these trying times.

He announced the immediate release of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to next of kins of the deceased.

“Incessant rain for the last couple of days that triggered landslides and floods have left trails of large scale devastation in the entire state. Reports have been pouring in about landslides in various locations from in and around the capital region. Road communication has been badly affected by nature’s fury and there is an increase in water flow in streams and rivers” Khandu stated.

He further cautioned that as per Indian Meteorological Department, there is a likelihood of heavy rain in the next few days across Arunachal Pradesh.

He requested everyone to take all precautionary measures and refrain from staying at vulnerable locations.

The chief minister directed the district administration and the disaster management department to keep a strict vigil and continuously monitor the situation to avoid large scale devastation and loss of lives.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com