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Manipur boat tragedy toll rises to 4

Manipur boat tragedy toll rises to 4
NDRF personnel at the rescue camp set up by the river-side. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 29 | Publish Date: 4/29/2019 12:27:09 PM IST

The death toll in the boat tragedy in Manipur climbed to four after one person was reported to be missing when his boat capsized in Imphal river in Bishnupur district on Monday.

According to reports, a 62-year-old man was drowned after his boat sank. Search operation to trace the missing body is underway, police said.

The boat was capsized by the impact of Sunday’s strong wind that left a trend of destruction in most part of Manipur.

On the other hand, a team from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has joined the search operation to trace the missing three persons  since Sunday after their boat capsized during a storm in the reservoir of Mapithel dam in Kamjong district of Manipur.

The trio - two siblings and a girl relative– who were among a 12 member picnic party at the dam site when their boat capsized.

Today, team of divers from NDRF from Guwahati joined state police and personnel of the state fire service to trace the missing persons.

Meanwhile, state chief minister N Biren Singh who visited the tragedy site at Chadong and Ramrei village today morning banned unauthorised local made boats at tourist spots across the state with immediate effect.

Talking to media persons, the chief minister said that government has decided to ban unauthorised local made boats by the tourists visiting lakes and other water bodies at state recognised tourist sites including the Loktak Lake. 

‘‘The ban has been imposed with immediate effect. I have directed the concern department to issue an order in this regard today itself,” Singh told reporters.

He further announced opening of a police outpost each at every tourist spots which will be manned by unarmed personnel with immediate effect.

The chief minister further said that state government will also request the Centre to station a team of NDRF in the state, he added.

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