‘Lesson to be drawn from Pune landslide for corrective steps’

New Delhi: Promising all help for rescue and relief work at the landslide-hit Pune village, the Centre today said lessons need to be drawn from the calamity for corrective action.

A scientific study would be conducted to ascertain that triggered the disaster in village Malin on July 30, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

“I assure this House that the Government of India is providing all the required financial and other assistance for immediate rescue and relief efforts,” he said.

Singh said, “We need to see that appropriate lessons are drawn from the experience of this disaster so that we can initiate corrective measures.”

He said the Geographical Survey of India (GSI) will be asked to conduct a scientific study of the mishap for corrective and mitigation measures in the habitations of Western Ghat regions as the disaster occurred despite the region not considered highly vulnerable for it.

As per the classification made by GSI, the Western Ghats do not fall either under “very high” hazard zone or “high” hazard zone, he said, adding, “It would not be correct to hazard any guess regarding the particular causes that have triggered this landslide without such scientific study.”

On the tragic incident, he said “we are with the bereaved families” and all possible support from all the ministries of Government of India will be provided to Maharashtra.

Admitting that “rescue efforts are hampered due to continuous rains”, Singh said, “As per the report received at 8 AM today, eight injured persons could be rescued so far, 51 dead bodies have been recovered.”

The village had a population of 704, of whom 666 belonged to Scheduled Tribes and 34 to Scheduled Castes.

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