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Manipur | Makhuam Landslide: Government mulls calling off search operation

“We have decided to officially call off the search operation by Wednesday evening. But the final decision will be taken after consultation with the chief minister on Wednesday."

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 20 Jul 2022, 3:14 pm

Manipur Disaster Management Minister Awangbow Newmai at the Makhuam landslide site (PHOTO: IFP)
Manipur Disaster Management Minister Awangbow Newmai at the Makhuam landslide site (PHOTO: IFP)

 

Manipur Disaster Management Minister Awangbow Newmai on Tuesday announced that the search operation to trace the remaining missing bodies at the landslide-affected site at Makhuam (Marangching) village in Noney district will continue till Wednesday evening, after which a review meeting will be held to decide further course of action. 

The minister made the announcement while monitoring the search operation works at the landslide hit site.

No dead bodies were found on Tuesday while 56 bodies of the victims were recovered till date while five are still missing on the 20th day of the joint operation rescue work.

A review meeting chaired by the minister was held at Noney DC Office’s conference room to decide whether the search operations should be further continued or not as it completed 20 days. 

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“We have decided to officially call off the search operation by Wednesday evening. But the final decision will be taken after consultation with the chief minister on Wednesday," he said during the meeting. 

Awangbow said that the government has put in concerted efforts in the rescue and search operation of the missing people. 

During the visit, he extended his gratitude to the rescue team, civil and voluntary organisations and the local villagers, who have been involved in the search operation, for their relentless and tireless efforts. 

He also thanked the railway officials and the district administration for the donation given to the relief committee.

“I pray and wish that such calamity does not again happen,” he said.

The village authority of Makhuam also placed a charter of demands to the state and railway authorities for needful compensation and other charitable provisions. 

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The memorandum includes demand for monetary compensation, suitable employment to the family members of landslide victims and creating a suitable dumping site to maintain ecological balance amongst others.

Additional chief secretary MH Khan, DC Noney H Guite, SP Noney M Gopaldas, ADC Noney S Khapudang, brigadiers of the Assam Rifles, engineers from the railways, SDRF, NDRF and CRPF officials attended the meeting.

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First published:19 Jul 2022, 1:54 pm

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