Arunachal Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of several lives at Modirijo and Donyi-polo area of Capital complex due to landslide on Friday morning. Incessant rain for last couple of days that triggered landslides and flood have left trails of large scale devastation in the capital region.
Two human casualties including a minor have been reported as of now. While three went missing for which search and rescue operation is underway, two persons were retrieved and are undergoing treatment.
Conveying his heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members that fell prey to the nature’s fury, Khandu said the state and its people are with the victims during this trying time. He 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.
12 houses have been washed away while 8 houses were damaged partially in Modirijo and nine houses were damaged in Donyi-polo area by the landslide and flood. Few cars and bikes have also been reportedly swept away in the flooded river. Approach road to Modirijo has been completely washed away while half of the culvert has been reported to be damaged in Donyi-polo area.
A team of officers led by DC capital along with police, disaster management officers and others visited all major affected sites like Modirijo, Chandernagar, Lobi, Donyi-polo, GSS Police colony to assess the situation.
Water supply lines to capital region have also been badly affected by the incessant rain that triggered landslide and flood.
Reports of landslide in Potin to Pangin portion of NH-13 near Aalo-Bam-Pusi-Doke-Tirbin, Hoj-Potin and some other parts of the state have also been pouring in.
Khandu has issued directives to all the DCs to keep strict vigil and alert during the monsoon to avoid human casualties and damages. He also gave strict instructions to ensure preparedness to tackle the catastrophe.