Itanagar, December 11: At least 32 houses have been reduced to ashes when a fire broke out in the remote Sine village in Arunachal’s East Siang district on Monday. The fire, which began around 2am, had spread quickly, an official report said here on Wednesday.
Education minister Tapang Taloh, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering and East Siang DC Nidhi Srivastava expressed their shock over the incident. Taloh, who is the local MLA, sought a detailed report of the incident and directed Boleng ADC in-charge Gamtum Padu to extend all required help and financial assistance to the victims.
The minister said he has talked to the government for relief and rehabilitation of the victims. He urged the villagers to remain alert as there are frequent incidents of fire during winter.
He urged the administration, civil bodies, NGOs and students to take steps to create awareness on fire mishaps amongst villagers.
Ering, who is in New Delhi attending the Parliament session, said he would visit the village soon. He also expressed concern over repeated fire mishaps reported from various parts of the state.
The Congress MP also sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for procuring CGI sheets and Rs 1 lakh cash as financial assistance to the victims from his MPLAD fund.
Srivastava said she is closely monitoring the situation and officials have been briefed regarding rescue and relief measures, the report said.