Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Manipur landslide: Death toll 42; 20 still missing

Correspondent

The death toll in the landslide at a railway construction site in Manipur’s Noney district rose to 42 on Sunday after eight more bodies were recovered, officials said.
According to reports, 20 people were still missing with heavy rains and fresh landslides affecting the search operations since Saturday.
“Relentless effort to find the remaining three missing Territorial Army personnel, and 17 civilians will continue till the last individual is found,” a defence spokesperson said.
Through Wall Imaging Radar (TWIR) technology is being used to find the missing persons under the debris. A search and rescue dog has also been brought in to assist the rescue operations.
Meanwhile, union minister of state for education Dr Subhas Sarkar, accompanied by MPs– Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba and Raju Bista among others visited the landslide area.
Talking to the media at the spot, Dr Sarkar said Centre was very concerned over the tragic accident and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union railway minister were personally monitoring the operation. He hoped that bodies of the still missing persons will be recovered soon while sharing his deep grief over the loss of lives due to the tragic accident.
He also prayed that those injured recover at the very earliest.
Earlier during the day, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh, accompanied by senior officials and health minister, visited the Assam Rifles Military Hospital at Imphal’s Mantripukhri where the injured persons were being treated. Singh also handed over Rs 50,000 each to the injured persons.

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