About 200 people have been rescued from a landslide site at Bhalukpong, Arunachal Pradesh by Army troops. People were stuck for more than 10 hours inside their vehicles some 7 kilometers from Bhalukpong towards Sessa.
Till now 200 people have been rescued, including 70 women and 50 children. The company commander of the Army, along with a medical officer, 2 JCOs, and 20 other ranks, rushed to the spot to carry out the rescue operation. The stranded civilians were rescued from the area around 9 am today.
All people were removed from the area safely by 11 am. They were also provided with the necessary medicines and food. Meanwhile, the Border Roads personnel are working towards clearing the roads. The rescue operation was carried out based on the verbal requisition of the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Bomdila, as the 200 people, and close to 70 vehicles, were trapped in two landslides site since 8 pm on Sunday, spokesman lieutenant colonel Suneel Newton from the Ministry of Defence revealed on Monday, as per a report published in Firstpost
Lieutenant colonel Suneel Newton said,
The commander of the army company in location, along with medical officer and two junior commissioned officer, and 20 other ranks moved to the site, created a shunt around the landslide through the valley and the river bed and was able to take the stranded civilians out of the danger area around 11 am on Monday.
The eastern states of the country are witnessing heavy Monsoons since the past few days. Northeastern states like Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh are witnessing flash floods and landslides. Five people have been reported killed in Guwahati last week due to floods.