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16 killed in Arunachal landslide, rescue ops on

At least nine labourers were killed and another eight went missing when a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains hit a labour camp in Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh today.

india Updated: Apr 23, 2016 10:19 IST
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Representational Image. Nine labourers were killed when a massive landslide hit a labour camp in Tawang.(Saurabh Chauhan/HT/HT File Photo)

At least 16 people were killed and many buried under debris in a landslide that struck Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh early Friday morning, officials said.

Rescue operations are underway and 16 bodies have been recovered so far.

The incident occurred at 3 AM when 17 labourers engaged in construction works were inside the camp at a place four km away from Tawang town, Additional Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Lod Gambo said.

Gambo said rescue operation was on and two JCBs have been pressed into service to clear the debris.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the deaths in the labour camp

“The prime minister expressed grief on the loss of lives caused by a landslide in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. He extends condolences to bereaved families,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

The PWD road in between New Lebrang and government higher secondary school has also been blocked due to landslide, while damages to residential buildings have been reported from the area.

Heavy rainfall in the past few days in the district resulted in a flood-like situation which severely damaged the Kitpi Ph-I and Ph-II hydel projects.

Power department officials said restoration work could not be started due to the continuous rain and both the power stations had been shut down due to the damage.

Taking serious note of the situation, DC Duly Kamduk has directed the department concerned for assessment and submission of detailed report for action