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Massive landslide hits Arunachal Pradesh highway near Dibang Valley

Apr 25, 2024 01:54 PM IST

Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu said that instructions have been given for the restoration of connectivity at the “earliest”.

A massive landslide triggered by heavy rain occurred on Wednesday at the highway between Hunli and Anini in Arunachal Pradesh, causing a deep cut in the road and disrupting the route connecting Dibang Valley, which has a border with China, officials said on Thursday.

A video that surfaced online showed a wide and deep cut in the road with a continuous flow of rainwater.(X)
A video that surfaced online showed a wide and deep cut in the road with a continuous flow of rainwater.(X)

Officials further said the landslides occurred around 5 pm on Wednesday due to water accumulation on slopes of hills along the highway.

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Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu took to X (formerly X) to address the landslide incident, stating that instructions have been issued for the restoration of connectivity at the “earliest.”

"Disturbed to learn of the inconvenience caused to commuters due to the extensive damage to the highway between Hunli and Anini. Instructions have been issued to restore connectivity at the earliest as this road connects Dibang Valley to the rest of the country," he wrote on X.

A video that surfaced online showed a wide and deep cut in the road with a continuous flow of rainwater. Around Thursday noon, a portion of the road was temporarily repaired, allowing slight vehicle movement.

What do we know about Dibang Valley?

Dibang Valley, the largest district in Arunachal Pradesh, boasts the lowest population density in India. It shares its borders with Tibet and China to the northwest, north, and east, bordering Lower Dibang Valley in the south and Upper Siang District in the southwest.

The region, characterised by a temperate climate, is adorned with verdant mountains, abundant rainfall, rushing rivers, majestic waterfalls, and vibrant wildlife.

The area is home to diverse bird species, roaming wild animals, and secluded Idu hamlets. Residents adorned in colourful attire engage in singing, dancing, and hunting while upholding ancient customs and traditions.

The district is renowned for its rich biodiversity, including medicinal plants like Coptis Teeta (Eroh) and Taxus Bacata.

Positioned in the northeasternmost corner of Arunachal Pradesh, Dibang Valley spans between 95°15'E and 96°35'E Longitudes, and 28°22'N and 29°27'N Latitudes.

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