A massive landslide triggered in Arunachal Pradesh due to heavy rainfall killing four people in Togdo Village at Papum Pare district on Friday at around 2:30 AM.
The deceased have been identified as Tana Martin (22), Tana John (17), Tana Yasum (8 months) and Yabung Lindum.
According to 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 bodies have been retrieved from the debris after the Papum Pare district administration, police and locals engaged in rescue operations.
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 its people are with the victim during these tough times.
The Chief Minister also announced an 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.