Guwahati, July 12: Reacting to a massive landslide triggered by incessant rains across the Northeast states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today expressed anguish over the situation and assured all the possible help to the victims and to normalise the situation. In a series of tweets, Narendra Modi writes: “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. The entire nation stands with the people of Northeast during this time. Centre assures all possible help to normalise the situation.” Also Read - PM Modi to Interact with Three More COVID-19 Vaccine Developing Teams on Monday
Narendra Modi said that he has spoken with the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and other officials in Delhi and other states on the flood situation in Arunachal Pradesh and Assam triggered by rains in the two states. “I have also asked my colleague Kiren Rijiju to personally supervise the rescue, relief operations & facilitate all possible help needed,” writes PM Narendra Modi. Also Read - Agricultural Laws Gave Farmers New Rights And Opportunities: PM Modi Amid 'Dilli Chalo' Protest
24 people were killed as disaster struck three Northeast states of India. While a landslide was reported in Arunachal Pradesh which hit eight dwellings in Papum Pare district, flood and bridge collapse have been reported in Assam and Nagaland respectively. Reacting to the situation, Kiren Rijiju tweeted that entire Arunachal Pradesh and large parts of Assam are badly ravaged by floods and landslides. Also Read - Govt Committed to Welfare of Farmers, Agricultural Laws Gave Them New Rights And Opportunities: PM Modi in Mann Ki Baat
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu also expressed shock and grief over the situation and ordered immediate rescue operation to evacuate any survivor. Khandu also announced ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kins of those killed in the natural disaster. “We have appealed to the people to shift from vulnerable areas. Many people, including in Itanagar, have been shifted to safer locations,” he said.
“The floods have so far affected 15.18 lakh people across 23 districts with 48,483 of them taking shelter across 208 relief camps. The worst affected district is (western Assam’s) South Salmara where 2.82 lakh people are displaced,” an official statement said.