Monsoon mayhem in Arunachal Pradesh, severe rain forecasted ahead

After a massive landslide in Arunachal Pradesh on Friday that claimed 8 lives, including 4 members of the same family, severe rain is forecasted in this part of the country.

The state is already devastated by the continuous heavy downpour for a week. Eight people, including an eight-month-old baby, died due to the landslide triggered by the heavy rainfall. The incident took place in Tigdo village of Papum Pare district and Modirijo area, near the state capital Itanagar.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also conveyed his condolences to the kin of those who lost their lives due to heavy rainfall and ensuing landslide in Arunachal Pradesh and added that assistance is being provided to all those in need.

On the other hand, The Arunachal Pradesh government on Saturday extended the lockdown in the capital complex for another week till July 20 in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases in the region.

Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar informed that the lockdown guidelines announced earlier would remain unchanged except a few keeping in view the monsoon deluge in the capital region. The lockdown which was imposed in the capital complex comprising Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli, and Banderdewa on July 6 was scheduled to end at 5 pm on July 13.

The entire Northeast has been devastated by the heavy rainfall which has led to landslides and floods, damaging roads and houses and inundating low-lying areas and creating a great hindrance to the government in its endeavor to flatten the COVID curve of the states.

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