One more body was found from the landslide debris at Makhuam village in Noney district, Manipur, on Saturday - day 17 of the search and rescue mission launched after the tragic incident occurred, sources said.
While the identity of the body found is yet to be ascertained, the sources said that the search and rescue operation team recovered one body from the landslide debris at around 12 noon Saturday.
So far, the team has recovered 55 bodies of the landslide victims and rescued 18 persons who sustained injuries, from the landslide debris. Six victims remained missing as of Saturday.
The landslide hit the camp site of the Northern Frontier Railway and the 107 Territorial Army at Makhuam village in Noney district, Manipur on the intervening night of June 29-30.
As many as 79 people, including villagers, railway workers and personnel of the 107 Territorial Army, were affected by the landslide, according to official sources.
The search and rescue operation team continued in the effort to find all the missing bodies for the 17th day on Saturday. The government had stated that the rescue mission would continue till all missing bodies were found.
Relief and Disaster Management Minister Awangbow Newmai said on July 14 that the rescue operation will continue for the next two days followed by a review meeting on Saturday.
"The government is trying its level best to find the missing bodies and the rescue operation will continue for the next two days followed by a review meeting on Saturday."
He also said in a review meeting held at Noney DC Office, Longmai, on July 14 that the government will quickly give out compensation of about Rs 5 lakh to the kin of each missing person.