Eight killed in landslides in Arunachal

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Itaganar, Jun 14 (UNI) At least eight people were killed, including two women and five children, in landslides in several parts of Arunachal Pradesh today.

Official sources said three people of a family - a woman and her two daughters - were buried when a retention wall inside a house collapsed at Nitivihar area.

The landslide also killed another woman near Banquet Hall, while another person died in his residence at Division-4 Road, the sources said, adding three children of a policeman were also buried at Naharlagun.

The landslide also occurred at A-Sector in Patu Nallah, where the number of casualty could not be ascertained yet and the rescue operation was on.

Police said the toll might go up as many bodies were feared dumped under the debris.

Incessant downpour was slowing the rescue operation.

Reports from other parts of the state could not be obtained due to breakdown in communication systems.

Torrents had thrown life out of gear in the past two days in several parts of the capital and damaged sectoral roads in Itanagar and Naharlagun.

Traffic movement on NH-52A remained disrupted since morning.

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