Itanagar, Aug. 18: Arunachal Pradesh is facing the fury of the monsoon, with landslides and floods triggered by heavy rain across the state on Saturday claiming the lives of two children.
Nine-year-old Yukar Tanik and his 14-year-old sister Yukar Yallang were at home with their family in the traditional chang ghar (stilt house) built on the slope of a hill when the mudslide from a cliff face descended.
While the other members of the family, including the parents, survived, 12-year-old Yukar Tali escaped with injuries after a four-hour rescue effort and is currently undergoing treatment.
Tanik and Yallang however, had no such luck.
Chief minister Nabam Tuki announced an ex gratia of Rs 1,50,000 for each victim.
Continuous heavy showers that began a few days ago have also thrown surface communication out of gear across the state.
People have been forced to take alternative routes to enter the capital after large sections of roads were washed away on Independence Day.
The 22km stretch of Kimin to Ziro road in Lower Subansiri district was also cordoned off after several landslides occurred in various places along the road.
In Lohit district, ferry services at Alubari ghat were suspended after the Digaru river rose to dangerous levels.
In Lower Dibang Valley district, Border Roads Task Force personnel were recently at the receiving end of strong currents of the Aba river.
Loaded with 140 bags of cement, a BRTF truck on its way to the camp in Abango village on Thursday was almost swept away while it was attempting to cross the river.
The excavator vehicle that had come to its rescue was almost washed away, too.
Eventually, another larger excavator had to be pressed into action to pull out both vehicles after these were stuck in the river for two days.
Although no one sustained major injuries during the operation, the cement bags were lost in the river.
The Aba flows between Simare and Abango villages, and the water rises to dangerous levels each rainy season, breaking surface communication to Abango and its surrounding villages.
The task force is constructing a bridge over the river as part of the trans-Arunachal highway from Roing and transportation of construction materials takes place regularly.
In the same district, 200 households, a government school and granaries at Paglam village were severely affected by floods in the Dotung river since August 12.
An official statement said the administration and District Disaster Management Authority are constantly monitoring the situation.
The administration has provided 30 quintals of rice to the affected families who are camping on the PWD main road.