Source: News Bharati English23 Apr 2016 15:28:45

Tawang, April 23: A massive landslide triggered by incessant rains hit a labour camp in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh on Friday took lives of 18 people. 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.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Kalikho Pul has announced ex-gratia relief to the victims of the Tawang landslide which claimed 16 lives. An amount of Rs 4 lakhs to the next of kins of the deceased, Rs 2 lakhs to the critically injured, Rs 50,000 and Rs 4,000 to the injured persons as per the relief norms of the government were announced.Pul requested the Tawang DC to extend all possible help and assistance to the family members of the victims and those injured. The CM also had a talk with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju. Both the central leaders assured all possible help and support to the State Government.

Speaking to the media, Pul said that he is personally monitoring the situation all over the State and instructed the DCs to remain alert and to keep themselves prepared for any eventuality and also to alert the police, paramilitary forces, ITBP, schools and colleges. He asked them to keep the District Disaster Task Force ready along with sufficient medicines, ration items. He also instructed them to take post flood precautionary measures and to keep Medical and Veterinary teams ready in order to cope with post flood disease or epidemic.

Also, Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh and called up Pul to take a stock of the situation in the state following the landslide in border town Tawang and floods in Changlang and a few other districts. Singh has assured full central assistance to Arunachal Pradesh to tackle the floods situation arising due to a swollen Noa Dehing river.

The Chief Minister also appealed to the citizens of the state to remain alert, keep calm and follow and adopt all safety tips and measures, participate in disaster preparedness training and mock drills conducted by the Department of Disaster Management from time to time and to stay in safe places in order to avoid Tawang like disaster. The Governor has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 1 lakh for the nearest kin of each of the sixteen workers who died in the landslide.