Landslides at Nag-Mandir area near Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district. Image credit - Northeast Now

Massive landslides, triggered by heavy rains at Nag Mandir area near Bhalukpong in Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district, washed away a culvert and a few houses on Monday while two persons have gone missing.

Sources said, “A culvert in between Nag Mandir and Tenga was washed away along with a restaurant and several houses due to landslides triggered by heavy rains. Two persons have also gone missing.”

However, there is no official confirmation regarding any casualty due to lack of connectivity through the road connecting Chariduar in Assam’s Sonitpur district to Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang.

Dirrang MLA Phurpa Tsering, through a post on the social media, alerted the people not to plan journey through this road until it is cleared by the Border Road Task Force (BRTF) team.

Quoting sources, MLA Tsering also informed at least 800 people were stuck as another culvert near Dahung seems to have been washed away.

Also, an eleven meter bridge at Kaspi has been washed away due to massive landslides at many areas from Sessa to Kaspi Nall.

MLA Bhalukpong Kumshi Sidhishow informed that roads have been blocked and two persons were missing following landslides.

Meanwhile West Kameng district administration has issued a notification undersigned by the additional deputy commissioner Adong Pertin that the 64 km stretch of a road in between Bomdila and Rupa were blocked due to landslide following which hundreds of vehicles have remained stranded in the area.

The stranded vehicles include public passenger vehicles.

Deputy commissioner Pertin ordered the BRTF and BRO people to deploy sufficient manpower and machines to clear the road.

Meanwhile, heavy rains have lashed Arunachal Pradesh since the last three days.

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