NEW DELHI, April 26 - Prime Minister Narendra Modi has rushed a two-member Central Team to Arunachal Pradesh for an on-the-spot-assessment of the damage caused by the recent landslides in Tawang district.
The team comprises a Senior Advisor in the NITI Aayog and a Joint Secretary from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The Prime Minister has directed the team to hold discussions with the State and district officials and assess the nature of relief and compensation needed to be made, official sources said.
The Prime Minister has already sanctioned ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each to those seriously injured in the landslides.
On Saturday Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju visited Tawang along with former State Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and took stock of the situation.
PTI adds: Altogether 80 families in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh have lost their dwellings and lands while more than 100 were affected by the pre-Monsoon flood caused by the Noa Dihing River.
Sixty-four families were in Dumpani and 16 families in Jyotipur villages under Diyun circle, an official report from the district administration said today.
Local MLA Nikh Kamin took stock of the situation yesterday along with the ADC, EAC, Indian Army and Police, the report said. Kamin visited all the areas vulnerable to floods and the areas badly affected at Jyotipur and Dumpani villages.
The MLA has assured the victims of every possible help, saying that he would appeal to the government for a permanent solution for the menace of Noa Dihing which takes away a chunk of fertile land of the State every year. He gave the victims an amount of Rs 1.2 lakh each as immediate relief, while the administration has distributed several quintals of food items.
Kamin lauded the Indian Army, Dumba Camp for their active role in the rescue operation and for their donation of rations and other items.
Additional Deputy Commissioner S Miji and Extra Assistant Commissioner Tagam Mibang have advised people not to go back and stay along the river until the monsoon is over because the water level could rise anytime and could be dangerous, the report added.