Rains, landslides still wreaking havoc in Arunachal Pradesh

ITANAGAR: Incessant rains continued to batter Arunachal Pradesh in the past couple of days, triggering floods and landslides that snapped connectivity and affected lives, officials said.

In the last 24 hours, two more people died in landslides, while a search operation was underway for another two persons who went missing, they said.

A labourer working at the water treatment plant in Hollongi was buried alive in a massive landslide on Tuesday. His body was retrieved later, officials said.

In the West Siang district, a construction worker engaged in the Trans Arunachal Highway project was buried alive in a landslide near Darla village. The deceased was identified as Tilu Kalandi, a native of Laluk in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, officials said.

The search for two missing persons continued in the Huto Village of the Papum Pare district. NDRF and SDRF personnel are involved in the operation, district disaster management officer Nima Tashi said.

So far, 17 people have been killed in this year’s flood and landslides in Arunachal Pradesh, officials said.

Six labourers engaged by the 1448 Bridge Construction Company (BCC) were rescued from the flood in the Siang district. Their camp at Boleng was washed away by the overflowing river Simang.

The rains and landslides have cut off many areas of the State, most of which are remote.

The Chimpu-Hollongi road is blocked by landslides in Papum Pare, the Pangin-Boleng road is blocked in Siang, the Boleng-Rumgong road is blocked in West Siang and the Balemu-Bomdila road is blocked in West Kameng, officials said.

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