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5 buried alive in Wokha
Correspondent WOKHA, AUG 19 (NPN):
Published on 20 Aug. 2008 1:13 AM IST
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Five road construction workers were reportedly buried alive and another three injured when a huge mass of earth fell on them as they were blasting away stones while cutting a road on the outskirts of Akuk village towards Tzurang valley, under Wokha district, Tuesday around 4 p.m. Of the five victims whose bodies were yet to be unearthed, three have been identified as Chinithung Patton (20), son of Akhango Patton, Mhonchumo Kithan (19), son of Yitso Kithan, both from Akuk village, and Eliyamo Mozhui (40), a private Mohuri, from Yamhon village. The other two victims, a government JCB operator and a labourer, are reportedly from the Nepali community. The three injured included Yitso Kithan, whose arm was broken, the handyman of the JCB and a non-local labourer. When contacted, Akuk Village Council chairman Mhonbemo Kithan told Nagaland Post that since it was impossible to unearth the bodies manually, they were waiting for another JCB to arrive from Merapani side to unearth the bodies. The village chairman said the mishap might have occurred due to the softened earth giving way as there was heavy rain all through Monday in the area. Meanwhile, Akuk villagers were still up waiting for the JCB to arrive from Merapani at the time of filing this report.

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