Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Manipur landslide death toll mounts to 21

Correspondent

Death toll in the devastating landslide that hit the 107 Territorial Army (TA) camp located at Tupul railway construction camp at Makhuam area of Noney district in the wee hours of Thursday increased to 21 on Friday after rescue teams recovered 13 more dead bodies even as the operations to trace the missing persons intensified.
The landslide was so devastating that it not only buried camps of the TA and railway workers, but also blocked the course of Ijei River completely.
Ten of the 13 dead bodies recovered Friday were TA personnel and the rest three were workers of the railway construction.
Official reports said that over 55 people including TA personnel remained missing and the rescue operations were intensified by deploying sophisticated machineries including Through-Wall Imaging Radars to trace the missing people.
According to reports, five more personnel of the TA out of 23 who went missing after the landslide were rescued on Friday while 18 were still missing.
After the tragic incident, a Joint Task Force comprising Army, Assam Rifles, NDRF, SDRF, CRPF, Army Medical Doctors, Manipur police and fire service personnel launched the rescue operations.
The task force is being assisted by the volunteers of the Manipur Mountaineering and Tracking Association (MMTA) and villagers of Makhuam.
On day-two of the operation, five personnel of the TA and one official of the BIPL Company were rescued alive.
Three officials of the BIPL were still missing. They were feared trapped in the debris. However, there was no recovery of their bodies till the time of filing this report.
The rescuers also recovered arms and ammunition belonging to the TA personnel.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh visited the landslide area for the second time on Friday and personally reviewed the rescue operation being taken up at the site.
Talking to reporters at the site, Singh termed the massive landslide as one of the worst incidents happened in the state.
He said that 81 people had been affected, out of which 18 were rescued alive.
Singh said that the state government was putting all efforts using possible manpower and machines to recover the missing persons.

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