From our correspondent
Itanagar, July 13: The Centre has assured Arunachal Pradesh to extend all help to mitigate flood and landslide damages in the state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday spoke to chief minister Pema Khandu and took stock of the prevailing situation in the state.
Expressing his deep sorrow over loss of several lives at Laptap under Sagalee, including a minor in Itanagar due to the natural catastrophe, the prime minister conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family members. In his telephonic conversation with Khandu, Modi said that the country is with Arunachal during these trying times.
Assuring all possible support from Government of India, Prime Minister informed Khandu that the PMO was continuously monitoring the situation of Arunachal Pradesh and had assigned Principal Secretary to Prime Minister P K Mishra for the purpose.
Modi also enquired about the quantum of damage caused due to the natural calamity and measures taken by the state government, and the status on relief and rescue operations. He has sought an immediate report on the present situation.
Khandu briefed the Prime Minister that the State government is making all out effort to combat the present situation. Relief camps have been set up in affected areas and strict advisories have been issued to the general public to vacate from the vulnerable areas to the designated relief camps, Khandu informed.
He further informed about the ex-gratia being released immediately to the victims as per the laid down norms.
Prime Minister informed the CM that he had directed Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju to visit Arunachal immediately to take stock of the situation. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to chief minister Khandu and expressed his sorrow over the entire incidence. He assured all possible assistance from his ministry to Arunachal Pradesh.
Minister of State for PMO and DoNER, Jitendra Singh assured the Chief Minister that the central government would take all necessary steps for the state.
Khandu, meanwhile, has directed the state disaster management secretary to immediately submit a report to be forwarded to Union government on the current situation.