2 school girls die in wall collapse in Tawang

ITANAGAR, Jul 11: Atleast two girl students have lost their lives while two others were seriously injured and one suffered minor injury when a wall of their hostel collapsed and fell on them while in sleep.

The tragic incident occurred at Govt Residential Upper Primary School, Namtsering village under Dudungkhar circle of Lumla sub-division in Tawang district at around 3.15 am on Thursday. The wall of the hostel building couldn’t resist the landslide that occurred due to incessant rain for last many days, according to an official source here.  

There were 19 girl students in the hostel at the time of the disaster. Immediate rescue by the warden and other teaching staff along with local villagers helped other students to be rescued unhurt.

The deceased have been identified as 10-year-old Genden Wangmu (class VI), daughter of Nima Tashi of Loudung village and Rinchin Lhamu (10, class-V), daughter of Pasaang Khandu of Dharmaleng village under Dudungkhar circle.

The seriously injured Sangey Pema, 12, and Lhakpa Eton, 11, after being administered first aid at Dudungkhar Community Health Centre were referred to the Tawang District Hospital for further treatment.

Following the incident, Tawang SP, Lumla ADC alongwith SDMO immediately rushed to the spot. Officials from the Education department and district administration also visited and met the family members of the children and teachers of the school.

Later, the mortal remains of the two children were sent to Khandro Drowa Tsangmo District Hospital, Tawang for post-mortem.

Meanwhile, an official source here informed that the lady, Kanchi Mosbu, who went missing in the cloudburst-triggered flash flood at Kaspi under Singchung ADC headquarters of West Kameng district on Monday, is still remained traceless.  

Same was the case with the two accident victims, who were purportedly swept away by the strong currents of Passa river in Pakke Kessang district, after their vehicle skidded off the road and plunged in the river on July 8 evening.   

The ill-fated car with five persons onboard was proceeding to Sagalee from Seppa when the incident occurred in a hilly area near Yarte Poube village under Passa Valley in Pakke Kessang district.