Tawang, April 23: Due to incessant rains in Famla village the landslide triggered and took lives of 18 people in and around various regions of Arunchal Pradesh's Tawang District. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has taken the stock of the situation and met the families of the victims.
He is expected to undertake an aerial survey of the region. The Tawang distict administration shall be submitting a report soon to state government and the Centre. The deceased are reported to be labourers from nearby states who were working at a construction site of a five star hotel.
The incident occurred at 3 a.m. 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.
Police officer, Nabin Payeng, said the landslide swept through a labor camp at a construction site in Tawang. Rescuers found 16 bodies and were searching for two other workers feared buried in the debris. Three workers escaped from the camp at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters (7,500 feet), Payeng said.
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.