At least two persons were injured and another feared to be trapped in a massive landslide occurred along the NH-415 in Itanagar on Wednesday due to intermittent rains in the state.
According to officials, road communication in National Highway 415 has been interrupted due to the landslide. Rescue operations are being carried out by National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) with the help of five excavators in the area.
The injured were rushed to the hospital. Many vehicles were damaged in the landslide, the photographs of which went viral on the social media.
Reportedly, seven houses were completely damaged near ISBT after a boundary wall collapsed in the area earlier this week. While another house was damaged near DNGC at Vivek Vihar, two houses were damaged near Lower Rakap Colony.
Khandu expresses concern, assures government help
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed grave concern over rains posing danger to life and properties of the people and disrupting normal life across the state. He expressed shock and pain on the reported incidents of landslides in the state and assured government support to those injured in the calamity besides providing gratuitous relief to all victims as per norms.
The chief minister called for concerted efforts of all district administration, police, disaster management department, work departments in averting disaster. He also appealed for active participation of civil societies in expediting restoration of amenities to the extent possible despite all odds.
Khandu further asserted that essential services will be made available to the citizens at the earliest. While cautioning people living in flood and landslide prone area to be alert, Khandu urged the commuters travelling on landslide-prone zones to be extra careful and to strictly adhere to the instructions issued by local administrations from time to time.
“The government is privy to the situation and has put in place measures to tackle any untoward incident. Though we may not always succeed in tackling nature’s fury but with people’s co-operation, many precious lives and valuable properties can be saved,” Khandu said in a statement on July 17.
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