Six dead, dozens missing in Manipur landslide Pi News

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The landslide occurred at a railway construction site in Manipur’s Noni district. Around 45 people are feared trapped under the debris. According to local officials, massive debris caused by landslides has blocked the Ijei River, resulting in a reservoir that could submerge low-lying areas.

Soldiers engaged in rescue operation after landslide. (Photo Credits: ANI)

Imphal: So far 13 people have been reported dead and dozens of people, including locals and army personnel, have gone missing in a massive landslide at a railway construction site in Manipur’s Noni district. Officials gave this information on Thursday.

According to news agency ANI, DGP P. Daungal said, ‘We are working hard but it has happened due to rain and other reasons. This is the main Tulum station where the train was supposed to stop. There may have been some seismic disturbance due to the heavy construction work going on here. 13 bodies have been pulled out so far.

According to officials, the incident took place on Wednesday night at Tupul Yard railway construction camp.

Earlier, officials had said that 50 people were feared trapped under the rubble. Rescue operation is on.

According to the Imphal Free Press, 107 Territorial Army Camp of the Indian Army has come under the grip of landslides. According to sources, the deceased have been identified as the soldiers of this camp, who were deployed near the under-construction Tupul railway station for his security.

Massive debris due to landslides has blocked the Ijei River, creating a reservoir that can submerge low-lying areas.

Earlier, in an advisory issued by the Deputy Commissioner of Noni district, it was said that two people died. “Two persons have died and many more are feared to be buried under the debris in the unfortunate accident caused by landslide at Tupul Yard Railway Construction Camp,” it said. Massive debris due to landslides has blocked the Ijei river, resulting in the formation of a reservoir that can submerge the low-lying areas of Noni district headquarters.

The administration has advised the people living in these areas to take precautions. People have been advised not to travel on National Highway-37 due to blockade of roads at many places.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has called an emergency meeting to take stock of the situation.

N. Biren Singh tweeted, ‘An emergency meeting was called today to assess the landslide incident in Tupul. Search and rescue operation is already underway. Pray for the dead and missing. Ambulances along with doctors have also been sent to assist in the rescue operation.

Manipur Governor L. Ganesan expressed grief over the incident and said that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) personnel are going to join the rescue operation.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah called on Chief Minister N. Spoke to Biren Singh and Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnav.

The Home Minister said that a team of National Disaster Response Force has reached the landslide site while two more teams are on the way.

Shah tweeted, ‘Talked to Chief Minister N Biren Singh and Ashwini Vaishnav after landslide near Tupul Railway Station in Manipur. The rescue operation is going on in full swing. A team of NDRF has reached the spot and has joined the rescue operation. Two more teams are on their way to Tupul.

After the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Chief Minister Biren Singh over phone and reviewed the situation arising out of the landslide. The Prime Minister gave this information by tweeting.

Modi said, “Manipur Chief Minister N. Spoke to Biren Singh and reviewed the situation arising out of the tragic landslide. Assured them of all possible help from the Centre. I wish everyone affected by this to be safe. My condolences to the bereaved families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery.

Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi has also expressed grief over the incident.

He wrote on Twitter, ‘The news of landslide near Tupul Yard Railway Construction Camp in Noni district of Manipur is very worrying. My condolences to the bereaved families who lost their loved ones and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured.

(with input from news agency language)

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