PM expresses anguish over flood situation N-E, promises help

Arunachal landslide toll rises to 7, Rs 131 crore lost in Manipur
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12 Jul 2017

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed anguish over the flood situation in various parts of the North-East (N-E) and promised all possible help from the Centre.
Modi said he had asked minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju to personally supervise the rescue and relief operations and facilitate all possible help needed. The Prime Minister said he had spoken to Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu and officials, both in Delhi and the states, on the flood situation. Five persons were killed and nine went missing yesterday as a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains hit eight dwellings in Arunachal Pradesh's Papum Pare district.
"I am anguished by the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the Northeast. I share the pain of all those affected by floods," Modi tweeted. "The entire nation stands with the people of Northeast during this time. Centre assures all possible help to normalise the situation," he added in another tweet. In Assam, the flood situation deteriorated further on Tuesday, with six more people losing their lives and over 15 lakh people across 23 districts affected by the deluge. With this, the toll in this year's flood related cases has gone up to 39, including eight in Guwahati, a Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said. Meanwhile, the death toll in the devastating landslides triggered by heavy rains in Arunachal Pradesh has risen to seven, an official said on Wednesday.
Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other agencies were searching for survivors feared trapped under the rubble and bodies of victims. Incessant rains have triggered landslides and flash floods in various parts of this mountainous state. The death toll rose to seven following the recovery of six dead bodies from the rubble of a landslide, Inspector General of Police in-charge of Law and Order, Nabin Payeng, told news agency. He said the search for survivors and dead bodies was still on.
The landslide on Tuesday hit Laptap village under Papum Pare district, about 40 km from here. The chief minister announced release of ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of each of the deceased. He conveyed his deepest condolences and extended solidarity with the bereaved family members and prayed for the safety of those who were missing. Khandu has asked the district administration to be on alert and ordered urgent rescue operation to evacuate survivors trapped under the debris and inside damaged houses.
Manipur suffered a loss of around Rs 131 crore in the floods since cyclone Mora hit the state in late May, a senior officer said here today. "The state lost nearly Rs 131 crore because of loss of property and other damage done by floods and related incidents like landslides," principal secretary (relief and disaster management) MH Khan told PTI. The flood crisis and landslides started with cyclone Mora that made landfall on May 29 and, under its influence, came heavy rains that lasted for almost 10 days, he said.
This was later followed by torrential rains and storms lasting for 10 more days in mid-June and the situation worsened when incessant rains began on June 29. These caused severe damage to property, agricultural land, road transportation sector and others, he said adding that a memorandum has been sent to the Centre asking for assistance. All the districts of the state have been affected by the floods and chief minister N Biren Singh had termed it as a "state calamity".
The administration set up 76 relief camps to help 30,000 off flood affected people, Khan said. An agriculture department official said that over 20 per cent of total paddy fields in all the five districts of Imphal valley.