India – Floods and Landslides in Arunachal Pradesh Leave 8 Dead

At least 8 people have died after flooding and landslides in the eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh, India.

Incessant rains for the last five days have triggered landslides and floods, leaving a trail of devastation in the state, damaging roads and houses and inundating low-lying areas, local media reported. Chief Minister Pema Khandu said on 10 July that the state capital, Itanagar, witnessed heavy rainfall of 142 mm which triggered landslides in many places.

Four people died after rain triggered a landslide in the Modirijo area between Itanagar and Naharlagun, while 4 members of the same family died after a landslide in Papum Pare district. Flash flooding was also reported in areas around Itanagar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed grief over the loss of lives and said all possible assistance is being provided to those affected.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu appealed to the people residing in vulnerable places to maintain extreme caution and move to safer places. He also said that, as a measure of preparedness for the monsoon and to enable faster response to disaster, the state’s Department of Disaster Management has set up 5 Regional Response Centre and have also pre-positioned State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) teams.

Itanagar is close to the border with Assam state where 63 people have died in flooding and landslides since the start of the monsoon rains.

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