Tawang landslide: 9 bodies recovered, landslide alert in Guwahati

Tawang landslide: 9 bodies recovered, landslide alert in Guwahati

GUWAHATI: The bodies of nine persons have been recovered from the heavy landslide that took place near Phamla village in Tawang on Thursday night. All these people belonged to Sonitpur district of Assam.

The deceased have been identified as Kartooz Orang, Farooq Ahmed, Baghbeer Minz, Arun Saikkia, Jiten Orang and Mohipal Orang.

As many as 16 people were killed on Thursday night after a landslide triggered by incessant rains hit Tawang district of Arunachal Pradesh. Several people, mostly labourers, are believed to still be trapped under the debris.

Back in Guwahati, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration is taking measures to shift the families residing in landslide prone areas to safer places.

Deputy commissioner M Angamuthu has asked all revenue circle officers under his jurisdiction to identify areas vulnerable to landslides and erosion in the district. The DC has also asked them to submit their reports within seven days.

According to a survey conducted across the city, 366 locations were marked as vulnerable to landslides. At least nine people died in 2014.

"We are also coordinating with other government agencies and local bodies," said Angamuthu. "Since last year, all the government agencies like Soil Conservation Department and others have been joining hands to minimize difficulties," he added.

According to a survey conducted in 2011, the Guwahati Municipal Corporation area comprises of 16 hills, on which a total of 65,894 households reside. Of these, 10,208 households were found residing on reserved forest land, around 40,000 households on other state government land, and the remaining on patta land.

TNT News

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