National Disaster Response Force personnel in a rescue operation at the site of the landslide in Laptap village. Pic/AFP
National Disaster Response Force personnel in a rescue operation at the site of the landslide in Laptap village. Pic/AFP

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju yesterday visited the families of 14 people killed in a major landslide here and said he had asked authorities to restore road connectivity within a month.

Floods and landslides triggered by incessant rain in the past couple of days have completely cut off large areas, including many district headquarters, in the state from the rest of the country, officials said.

At least 14 people were killed in Laptap village when their homes were swept away in the landslide on July 11.

Rijiju, the Union minister of state for home and the local MP, visited the bereaved families in Laptap, which has been cut off from rest of the state due to landslides across Papum Pare district.

"I condole the loss of lives in the landslide which has wreaked havoc in the district. Being the local MP, I assure you all possible help from the centre. We are with the people of the village in these tough times," he said.
Centre releases Rs 51.30 cr

The Centre has released advance grant-in-aid of R51.30 crore to Arunachal Pradesh for the rescue and relief operations.