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In Manipur, a massive landslide that hit the middle of the night, killing eight, including 4 Indian Army personnel, leaving 50 missing

Bhupen Goswami 

GUWAHATI :The big news is coming out from the North Eastern State of Manipur. According to information, due to continuous heavy rains, there was a landslide today, in which more than 50 personnel of the Territorial Army along with the general public were affected. In Manipur, 10 people, including four Territorial Army (TA) personnel, have been killed and more than 50 others are missing so far in a major landslide in Noni district. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh reached the spot and took stock of the relief and rescue operations. Singh reached the spot and took stock of the ongoing relief and rescue operations after the landslide late on Wednesday night and announced an ex-gratia of five lakh rupees each to the next of kin of those killed in the calamity and 50,000 rupees each to the injured. He said the Manipur government will provide all possible help to deal with this natural calamity.

He has asked the concerned authorities and relief and rescue teams to remain in the affected area.He said that the National Disaster Response Team (NDRF) and the State Disaster Response Team (SDRF) have been sent for assistance and these teams are in constant touch with the army and railway officials. The government is making all out efforts to trace the 50 missing people. The rescue operation is in progress but due to geographical location, slushy water and threat of landslides, relief and rescue operations are not being carried out at full capacity. Manipur Governor L Ganesan expressed deep sorrow over the natural calamity and said that he was deeply saddened to hear the sad news of landslides caused by intermittent but continuous rains in the state for more than a week now. The tragic incident took place at the Tupul Yard railway construction camp in Noni district. Many people were killed in the landslide and many were buried alive in the debris. SDRF and NDRF personnel have set out to assist in relief and rescue operations.

He has prayed to God to give peace to the souls of those killed in this horrific accident and the ability for their families to bear this great suffering. An Army official said that at the time of the incident, 107 jawans of the Territorial Wing of the Indian Army were deployed to guard the under-construction railway line connecting Jiribam to Imphal. All the injured are being treated at the Army’s medical unit in Noni while the seriously injured jawans have been brought to Imphal with the help of helicopters. District officials said that after the landslide, the debris has fallen into the EJE river which flows through Noni district.

The obstruction of the flow of the river due to debris has started accumulating like a dam, if it breaks down, it can cause great trouble to the people living in the low-lying areas of the district. For this reason, a warning has been issued to the people living in the low-lying areas of the river to move to safer places. The Chief Minister also announced five lakh rupees for Ishwar Singh. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grave grief over the massive landslide in which 8 people, including 4 Indian Army personnel, were killed and 50 went missing. Union Home Minister Shah in his tweet expressed deep sorrow over the manipur incident.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted about the incident. He wrote on his Twitter wall that information regarding landslide near Tupul railway station in Manipur was received. In view of this, talks have been held with Manipur CM N Biren Singh and Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. Rescue operations are in full swing. An NDRF team has reached the spot and is involved in the rescue operations.

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