Manipur Landslide Rescue Operation: Over 4,000 personnel deployed
“Whoever can evacuate is advised to evacuate. Public are further advised to stay alert and be prepared for any assistance in case rain conditions deteriorate further".
Updated 3 Jul 2022, 7:17 am
Over 4,000 personnel across multiple Central and state departments are involved in the search and rescue work at the site of the Tupul landslide in Manipur that has so far left 29 people dead, several critically injured and 34 more still missing on Saturday, official sources said.
All efforts are currently being undertaken using a dozen earth movers to clear the landslide debris. But stay alert and ensure that children do not come near the river as the landslide area condition is still fragile with the rains and bad weather condition likely to worsen, the Noney district administration advised the people living in villages near the landslide site on Saturday.
“With the morning rains on Saturday and the bad weather condition is expected to continue, the condition is still developing and the future is unknown… take precautions and ensure children do not come out near the river,” Noney district deputy commissioner Haulianlal Guite advised the villagers.
In an advisory order issued on Saturday, the general public living in villages downstream is urged to help with the evacuation work as dozens are still feared buried alive in the landslide debris.
“Whoever can evacuate is advised to evacuate. Public are further advised to stay alert and be prepared for any assistance in case rain conditions deteriorate further," the order read.
The massive landslide hit the Northern Frontier Railway worksite and the Indian Army company location at Marangching near Tupul in Noney district, Manipur on June 29-30.
“The landslide debris has obstructed the flow of the ljei River, creating a dam-like storage condition which if breached will wreak havoc to the low-lying areas of Noney district headquarters,” he cautioned.
All efforts are currently being undertaken using a dozen earth movers to clear the landslide debris and for the safe outflow of stored water, the order mentioned.