New Delhi: Eight more bodies were recovered from the rubble on Friday morning, at Tupul city from the landslide that stuck Noney district of Manipur, the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) said. The death toll so far is 16, around 72 people went missing and many were critically injured after a massive landslide that struck on Wednesday at midnight.
Chief Minister Biren Singh who visited the site for the second time on Friday said, “Eight more bodies have been recovered today. Yesterday we were able to recover eight bodies. The whole area has become muddy and it is getting difficult to operate in muddy it is getting difficult to operate in the muddy conditions.”
According to the Indian Army, 13 Territorial Army personnel and five civilians have been safely rescued so far, while mortal remains of nine Territorial Army personnel and one civilian have been recovered from the debris. Search for missing personnel will continue throughout the day, officials said. As reported by news agency ANI.
“As many as 23 people were extracted from the debris of which 14 were dead. Searches are continuing for the others. Not confirmed how many are buried but as of now 60 people including villagers, army and railway personnel, labourers (buried),” said Director General of Police, P Doungel said.
Reportedly, the incident took place at midnight on Wednesday near Tupul yard construction camp of Jiribam to Imphal railway line, located near Makhuam area, near. According to the officials, the death toll might climb up to 27 people as many are still missing. The search and rescue operation is still under process.
Troops of the Indian Army Assam Rifles and Territorial Army continued the rescue operations to save the landslide-hit throughout the day in the general area of Tupul railway station in spite of inclement weather. Teams of Indian railways, civil administration, NDRF, SDRF and locals of Noney District are also actively contributing to the search, an official statement read.
PM Narendra Modi reviewed the situation in Manipur and also spoke to CM Biren Singh. In a tweet, PM Modi assured all support from the centre amid the tragic incident.
A massive landslide was triggered by incessant rain that caused damage to the Tupul station building of the ongoing Jiribam – Imphal new line project.
The landslide also stuck the track formation, and camps of construction workers informed the NF Railway CPRO.