Manipur landslide death toll reaches 48; 14 still missing | Latest News India

The death toll from the June 29 landslide at a railway construction site in Manipur’s Noni district rose to 48 till Wednesday evening, after one more body was pulled from the rubble, officials said.

The landslide, said to be the first in the state’s history, hit a railway construction camp in Marangching Part 5 areas, 75 km west of the state capital, after midnight on June 29. It also has 107 Territorial Army (TA) deployed in the region to protect Indian Army camps and construction sites. A search and rescue operation has been going on for the past seven days.

“We recovered one more body around 3.30 pm today,” a senior state government official monitoring the situation said on Wednesday, adding that the operation would continue. The affected area, according to defense officials, is approximately 1 km.

Meanwhile, another officer informed that the dead body recovered from Ijai river during the day’s search has been identified as Umesh Lama of 107 Territorial Army.

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13 more dead bodies are yet to be found. So far, there has been no report of the exhumation of the dead bodies of the members of the two families of Part 4 and Part 5 of Marangching village.

Among the missing are 29-year-old Kabamagai, his wife and one-and-a-half-year-old daughter. A family from Marangching Part 4 ran a shop in a railway construction camp.

Till Tuesday evening, 47 bodies out of 79 confirmed victims have been recovered and 18 injured have been rescued and sent to hospitals for treatment. Out of the total dead bodies found, 28 were of Territorial Army personnel, 14 including 2 Territorial Army personnel are still missing.

Seven of the 18 injured rescued from ground zero on the first day of the search are currently undergoing treatment at the Assam Rifles Multi-Specialty Hospital in Mantripukhry on the outskirts of Imphal.

Meanwhile, Manipur Water Resources and Relief and Disaster Management Minister Awangbo Newmai continuously inspected and monitored the ground zero of the landslide-affected areas, visited the landslide area again on Wednesday and presided over a review meeting with officials stationed there.

The Noni district authority is currently closing Tupul under Noni district headquarters on National Highway 37 even as the debris accumulated along the highway was cleared on Wednesday. Traffic of heavy vehicles has been restricted on this route due to falling rocks.

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