ITANAGAR, April 25 - Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa on Sunday mourned the demise of two senior citizens in landslides at Thongleng village under Lumla sub-division of Tawang district on Saturday. The 72-year-old Sangey Chomu and his wife Sangey Gombu, 71, were killed and four other members of the family, including a 10-month-old baby girl, sustained critical injuries when a fresh landslide triggered by torrential rain swept through their house at Thongleng village in the wee hours, raising the death toll to 18 in the district.
The Governor announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh each to the nearest kins of the deceased and Rs 25,000 each to the seriously injured from the Governor�s Relief Fund, said a communiqu� from the Raj Bhawan here. All injured persons should be given free treatment by the State Government, he said.
Reiterating his appeal to the people as the State is experiencing heavy rainfall since past several days resulting in landslides and flash floods, the Governor said that to avoid more such tragedies, the district authorities should shift the people from all vulnerable areas and temporarily put them into suitable shelter homes till the situation improves. � Correspondent