Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the loss of three lives — a woman and her two children — and has conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members who fell prey to nature’s fury. He announced an immediate release of an ex gratia amount of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased persons.
The 27-year-old woman, her son (7) and daughter (3) died on the spot when the house they were living in was buried by a mudslide.
The incident occurred around 5.30 pm on Monday at the remote Arzoo sub-divisional headquarters, 98 km from Anini, the district headquarters of Dibang Valley.
“The entire state and its people are with the victims during these trying times,” Khandu said.
Assuring all possible support from the state government, Khandu directed the district administration and the disaster management department to continuously monitor the situation. “While the entire world is fighting Covid-19 pandemic, Arunachal has added problem of natural disaster every year,” the chief minister said.
He appealed the people living in the low land areas to shift in safer places while requesting those residing in landslide prone areas to immediately get to safer locations.
Khandu also issued directives to respective deputy commissioners and disaster management department to monitor the situation on regular basis.
Rainfall-triggered landslides and flood have left trails of large scale devastation in several other parts of the state as well.