An avalanche caused a landslide in Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday, leaving 16 people dead. Initial inputs also suggested that eight other people could be buried under the rubble in the landslide triggered by incessant rains.
“Nine labourers killed in landslide in Tawang district of Aunachal Pradesh, “search is on to locate the missing eight,” said L Gambo Additional Deputy Commissioner Tawang.
The incident occurred at 3 AM when 17 labourers engaged in construction works were inside the camp at a place four km away from Tawang town, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Lod Gambo said.
State and Central government have initiated rescue operations and Home Minister Rajnath Singh is believed to have contact the state’s chief minister Kalikho Pul to review the situation.
“Home Minister Rajnath Singh telephonically reviewed the flood situation in Changlang district with Arunachal Pradesh CM some time ago,” tweeted Press Information Bureau of twitter.
Rajnath has asked the Director General of National Disaster Response Force to rush rescue teams to landslide-hit Famla village.
The landslide has halted the movement of vehicles to and from Tawang which located about 10,000 feet above sea level.
The PWD road in between New Lebrang and government higher secondary school has also been blocked due to landslide, while damages to residential buildings have been reported from the area.
Heavy rainfall in the past few days in the district resulted in a flood-like situation which severely damaged the Kitpi Ph-I and Ph-II hydel projects.
Power department officials said restoration work could not be started due to the continuous rain and both the power stations had been shut down due to the damage.
Taking serious note of the situation, DC Duly Kamduk has directed the department concerned for assessment and submission of detailed report for action.
PM Narendra Modi extended condolences to bereaved families of people who lost their lives in the landslide.
“PM expressed grief on the loss of lives caused by a landslide in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. He extends condolences to bereaved families,” tweeted PMO India.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed distress and shock over the loss of lives in the landslide. She asked Congress MLAs, the PCC and the frontal organisations to volunteer in relief work.