Itanagar: Two girl students lost their lives and two others sustained severe injuries after the boundary wall of a government residential school hostel collapsed at Dudungkhar circle of Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.
The deceased students have been identified as Genden Wangmu and Rinchi Lhamu, who were studying in Class V and VI, respectively, at Government Residential Upper Primary School at Namtsering village in the district.
As per reports, the wall of the hostel collapsed around 3.15 in the morning following a sudden landslide triggered by incessant rainfall for over a couple days in the region. A total of 19 girl students were sleeping in the school hostel when the incident took place.
Immediately after the incident, Tawang district superintendent of police Sagar Singh Khalsi, along with the assistant deputy commissioner of Lungla district, rushed to the spot and took stock of the situation. Officials from the state education department also met with the family members and teachers of the school.
The injured students were immediately rushed to Tawang district hospital for emergency treatment and bodies of the deceased girls were taken to the district hospital for postmortem.
Meanwhile, incessant rains and consequent floods continued to create havoc in Arunachal Pradesh with several incidents of landslides and road blockades reported on Thursday. Among all, West Kameng, East Siang, East Kameng and West Siang are the most affected districts by the continuous downpour.
West Kameng deputy commissioner Sonal Swaroop, in a fresh order, has prohibited movement of all types of vehicles on the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) road from Pinjoli bridge point to Tenga in the district effective from July 11 to August 15.
Meanwhile, the BRTF has been directed to clear the debris and take up the road restoration and construction works on both the Bhalukpong-Charduar-Tawang (BCT) road and the Orang-Kalaktang-Shergaon-Rupa-Tenga (OKSRT) road by deploying maximum excavators and necessary manpower.
Administrative officers and commanders of 14 and 42 BRTFare have also been directed to ensure that no vehicles remain stranded on the BCT road and cater to the essential provisions of food, water and shelter for the stranded passengers, if any.
The order has been necessitated on account of the recent cloud burst and flash floods due to the incessant rainfall in the district resulting in massive road damages, blockades and landslides along the stretches of the BCT road.
Significantly, authorities have advised daily commuters to take the OKSRT road which runs through Balemu in the district.
Incessant rains in the past few days have also created massive problems all around the West Siang district of the state. The main road near Aalo helipad is on the verge of getting eroded and has created traffic jams, even as restoration works are on.
The blockade along the Aalo-Pangin-Pasighat stretch was cleared on Thursday morning while the Aalo- Likabali road continues to remain blocked, forcing the commuters to move through the long Aalo-Pasighat road.