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Manipur landslide: Death toll rises to 42, impact on search for 20 missing due to rains MPNRC News

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Rescue operations are underway for the fourth day in a row after a massive landslide hit the Tupul railway construction camp in Manipur’s Noni district on Sunday, July 3, 2022. (Image: PTI)

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Guwahati: The death toll from a landslide at a railway construction site in Manipur’s Noni district rose to 42 on Sunday evening as eight more bodies were found under the rubble, officials said. Twenty people are still missing after torrential rains and a recent landslide hampered the search operation, which began on Saturday, he said.

So far, 42 bodies have been found under the rubble at Tupul Yard Railway Construction Camp.

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That includes 15 civilians, including 27 regional army personnel and railway personnel, construction workers and villagers, a defense spokesman in Guwahati said.

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The regional army is deployed in the area to provide security for the construction of the railway. “Tireless efforts will continue to search for the remaining three missing regional army personnel and 17 civilians,” he said.

The Army, Assam Rifles, Regional Army, SDRF and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) are part of the search operation.

The spokesman said the search operation continued despite adverse weather conditions due to torrential rains and landslides last night. So far, 13 regional army personnel and five civilians have been released.

Wall Imaging Radar (TWIR) technology is being used to search for missing persons under the rubble. A search and rescue dog has also been brought in to help with the effort, the official said.

The landslide occurred at the railway construction site on Wednesday night. Construction is underway in the area for the 110-km Jiribam to Imphal line under a project to connect the capitals of eight northeastern states to the country’s railway network, officials said.

The mounds blocked the lower EJE River, threatening to accumulate water in the low-lying areas.

He said work was currently underway to clear the pile to carry water. On Sunday, the bodies of seven Regional Army personnel were sent to their hometowns – Kolkata and Bagdogra in West Bengal and Agartala in Tripura, the spokesperson said.

He was given full military honors at Imphal, he said. The bodies of four civilians killed in the incident were sent to their native village in Assam on Sunday.

Read also: Assam floods: Death toll rises to 179, more than 22 lakh still affected

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