Monday, August 15, 2022

Landslide Early Warning System likely by 2025: Manipur minister


Landslide Early Warning System (LEWS) is likely to be operational in Manipur by 2025, state relief and disaster management minister Awangbow Newmai told the house of Manipur Assembly in its ongoing monsoon session on Wednesday.
He said that the Geological Survey of India (GSI) has initiated the research and development activities and the groundwork for developing regional Landslide Early Warning System (LEWS) including the northeastern region.
He added that the evaluation and calibration of the models was still continuing and will be made operational after successful ground evaluation by 2025 onwards.
The minister was replying to a question raised by opposition Congress member Surjakumar Okram.
The minister informed the house that so far 58 dead bodies were recovered from the debris of the recent massive landslide at a railway line construction site at Marangching in Noney district, adding that three persons were still missing and 18 were rescued alive.
To another question, state chief minister N Biren Singh said that steps have been taken up by the state government to curb attacks on non-Manipuris in the state.
In the last five years (from 2017 to 2022, till July 25, suspected militants had killed 20 non-Manipuris in the state.
Regarding the incidents, 14 FIR cases were filed and investigations are going on. An accused in one such incidents was recently arrested and currently in judicial custody, he informed.
To stop such incidents, the chief minister who is also the in-charge of home portfolio said, various preventive measures have been taken up by the state government.
He further informed that the district police have been given instruction to always remain alert to curb incidents of attacks on non-Manipuris by way of collection of intelligence, regular frisking/checking, identification of suspected persons and regular checking of the places where the non-Manipuris reside.
Deployment of police personnel round the clock in the worksites where non- Manipuris are working in the districts has been done.
Dedicated deployment in localities where there was sizable non-Manipuri settlement/populations, surprise search and verification drives are done in random places from time to time based on inputs as well as on suspicion, he said.
Singh added that police and security forces were on frequent patrolling in and around vulnerable pockets where the non-locals are residing.
Interaction with non-local officers was done at regular intervals. Local landlords and employers have been asked to be careful about potential threats and to extend co-operation to non-locals so that non-locals do not have to move out.
Beat system was being implemented and concerned beat personnel were monitoring round the clock at vulnerable areas where non-Manipuris reside inn the districts, he added.

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