Arunachal Landslide
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A fresh landslide in Arunachal Pradesh's Tawang district killed at least two people and destroyed property on Saturday raising the death toll to 19. The district has been facing intense rainfall for one week, which killed 17 people earlier this week. 

Around 30 houses in Thongleng Village, 20 km from Tawang town, were damaged due to the fresh landslides is the northeastern state. The house in which the victims lived was washed away, Additional District Collector Lod Gambo was quoted as saying by the Press Trust of India.

Relief and rescue operations were underway, Gambo added. 

At least 16 labourers, including the supervisor of the construction site, were killed due to a landslide in Phamla village in Tawang district on Friday. While another person drowned in the Jengthu River in Namsai district. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and the former Chief Minsiter Nabam Tuki had expressed grief on Friday.

The incessant rain in Arunachal Pradesh has affected most of the districts with major damages in Anjaw, Changlang, Lower Subansiri and East Siang districts, apart from Tawang. 

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had ordered the National Disaster Response Force to aid the state in rescue operations as it faces flash floods and landslides due to heavy rainfall. Rs 842.7 crore was approved as relief fund by the home ministry on Friday for drought in Karnataka, Puducherry and flood in Arunachal Pradesh. 

Arunachal Pradesh, which faced floods in 2015 as well, will receive Rs. Rs 84.33 crore as flood relief. The package includes Rs 18 crore under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), according to PTI .