A woman and her two children were killed when a landslide buried their house in Arunachal Pradesh’s Dibang Valley district on Monday.
The 27-year-old mother, her son, aged 7 years and a daughter aged 3 years died on the spot when the house they were living in was buried by the mudslide.
Dibang Valley superintendent of police, S Singpho, said that the incident occurred around 5 pm in Arzoo village, around 90kms from Anini, the headquarters of the district.
The SP said incessant rain has been battering the district heavily for the past 9-10 days causing landslides at many places.
Chief minister Pema Khandu who expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of lives has conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members who fell prey to nature’s fury.
“The entire state and its people are with the victims during these trying times,” Khandu said.
He announced immediate release of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to next of kins of the deceased persons.
Assuring all possible support from the state government, Khandu directed the district administration and the disaster management department to continuously monitor the situation.
“While the entire world is fighting Covid-19 pandemic, Arunachal has added problem of natural disaster every year,” the chief minister said.
He appealed the people living in the low land areas to shift in safer places while requesting those residing in landslide prone areas to immediately get to safer locations.
Khandu also issued directives to respective deputy commissioners and disaster management department to monitor the situation on regular basis.
Rainfall-triggered landslides and flood have left trails of large scale devastation in several other parts of the state as well.