Governor, CM mourn loss of lives; ex gratia announced

ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Governor BD Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu have deeply mourned the loss of lives in the state due to incessant rains and mudslides and the wall collapse that occurred at the government residential school in Namtsering village in Tawang district on 11 July.
Besides two casualties, three students were reportedly injured in the Namtsering incident, and are currently being treated at hospitals in Lumla and Tawang.
Extending condolences to the bereaved families of students Rinchin Lhamu and Genden Wangmu, the governor appealed to the people to take precautionary steps to protect themselves from probable natural calamities.
He asked the administrative heads, school authorities, the health department and police personnel to be vigilant and prompt in offering assistance to the people vulnerable to such calamities.
Mishra advised the state government, particularly the disaster management department, to “create more awareness and mobilize the necessary help and measures to prevent loss of human lives.”
The chief minister also expressed deep shock and pain over the loss of two young students in Namtsering.
Conveying condolences to the bereaved families, Khandu said “the state and its people are with the victims during these trying times.”
He announced immediate release of ex gratia of Rs 4 lakhs each to the next of kin of the deceased, and prayed for early recovery of those recuperating in the hospitals.
Assuring all possible support from the state government, the CM directed the Tawang administration and the disaster management department to continuously monitor the situation. He also directed the chief secretary to “personally monitor the situation and shift the people from vulnerable areas to safer places.”
Khandu has directed all the deputy commissioners to remain alert during the monsoon to avoid human casualties and damages. He has also issued strict instructions to ensure preparedness to tackle natural catastrophes. (Raj Bhavan & CMO)