Tawang: Taking stock of the situation in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh where a fresh landslide killed at least two people raising the death toll to 17, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said that he will try to ensure the Centre releases extra funds for the state as the damages due to the natural calamity have been extensive.
“The damage is quite widespread and unfortunately seventeen people have lost their lives and lots of property has also been damaged. The road is in bad condition and I have just discussed with the local MLAs, BRO (Border Roads Organisation) officers, district administration and they are taking care of all the damages. All the ex gratia money has been released and so have the central shares but I think we need to do more,” Rijiju told ANI here.
He asserted that more funds will be released to ensure that the damages are being compensated and the reconstruction and rehabilitation efforts are also taken up properly.
“I’m monitoring the situation and will also speak to the Chief Minister, to ensure that adequate help is being given from the state resources also,” he added.
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Tawang has been experiencing incessant heavy rain since last fortnight triggering several landslides on Bhalukpong – Chardwar – Tawang main road axis leading to Tawang town.
A massive landslide struck a civil labour camp at village Phamla yesterday, causing death of 16 civil labours.
Tawang Brigade deployed in vicinity was the first responders to the crisis and was immediately pressed into action with four quick reaction team and one medical team for humanitarian assistance and rescue operations.
Earlier today, Arunachal Pradesh governor JP Rajkhowa announced an ex gratia of Rs 1 lakh for the nearest of kin of each of the 16 killed in the landslide.