At least four people of a family, including an eight-month baby, were buried alive by mud following landslide at Tigdo village in Arunachal Pradesh’s Papumpare district in the wee hours of July 10.

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Government officials said that Tana Nuka’s house has been completely buried under the mud. In the incident, Nuka has lost his two sons, one daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.

The Papumpare district administration and police engaged in rescue operations and could retrieve all the bodies from the debris.

The landslide has occurred due to the monsoon rain. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of lives due to the landslide.

Khandu announced immediate release of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to next of kin 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 said.

He further cautioned that as per Indian Meteorological department, there is likelihood of heavy rain in next few days across Arunachal Pradesh. He requested everyone to take all precautionary measures and refrain from staying at vulnerable locations.

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The CM 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.

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