Updated 1 Jul 2022, 4:35 am
At least eight persons were killed and over 23 others missing after a massive landslide hit the compound housing NF railway workers and an Indian Army company at Marangching in Noney district early Thursday morning. As per information from the spot, the incident occurred last midnight.
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Seven of those killed were jawans of the 107 Territorial Army and one was a labour of the railway (VCH), sources said.
The landside debris also created a dam-like barrier blocking the flow of the Ijei river hampering the rescue operations.
As many as 23 persons were reportedly still missing while eight bodies have been recovered so far during the rescue efforts. Rescue operations were underway with additional support from NRDF, Medilane and VDF teams, till the filing of this report.
Of the missing 23, three are railway engineers, one a cook and three workers of BIPL construction company, while 15 labourers are from VHC. A total of five civilians are among the missing.
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The eight bodies (Seven Territorial Army and one VHC labourer) are now kept at JNIMS morgue.
The National Disaster Response Force (NRDF) team which came for rescue work were seen to be ill equipped considering the scale of the disaster. The NRDF team came only with ropes and grubbing hoes, and not carrying any updated equipment and machinery required for the rescue mission.
Meanwhile, official sources stated that 23 Territorial Army are still missing while 20 have been recovered and 13 sustained injuries during the landslide. A total of seven fatalities have been reported. Among the missing are three Railway officials, one railway cook, three BIPL officials, 18 VHC labourers and three local villagers.
Among the civilians, 27 are still missing. Five have been rescued alive and one fatality is reported, sources stated.
Earlier in the morning, Chief Minister N Biren Singh visited the landslide hit area to oversee the rescue operations.
He announced Rs 5 lakhs ex-gratia to the kin of those killed in the landslide and Rs 50 thousand to the injured.
“An emergency meeting was held in the morning and the government has decided to provide ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs to kin of those deceased and Rs. 50 thousand to the injured persons. The state will also bear all the expenses including medical treatment etc of the injured persons,” he said.
N Biren Singh also conveyed his deepest condolences and shared the grief with the bereaved family members.
Singh said rescue operation was underway by a joint team comprising Manipur Police personnel, SRDF, army personnel among others.
A statement issued by PIB wing said rescue operations were in progress by columns of the Indian Army and the Assam Rifles. The available engineer plant equipment on site has been pressed into the rescue efforts, it stated.
As many as 13 persons were rescued till 5.30 am. The injured are being treated at Noney Army Medical unit. Evacuation of the critically injured personnel was in progress. The flow of the Ejai river has been affected due to the landslide, it stated.
Rescue operations were being hampered by fresh landslides and bad weather. However, a concerted effort is underway to rescue the missing individuals. Army helicopters are on standby for the rescue, waiting for the weather to clear, it added.
Against this backdrop, the deputy commissioner of Noney district issued travel advisory:
"Due to the unfortunate landslide which occurred at Tupul Yard Railway construction camp, where casualties are being reported and dozens buried alive, the flow of the ljei river has also been obstructed by the debris, creating a dam-like storage condition which if breached will wreak havoc to the low lying areas of Noney District Head Quarter, and as the condition is still developing and the future is unknown, the general public is hereby advised to take their own precautions, and ensure children do not come out near the river. Whoever can evacuate are also advised to evacuate. Public are advised to stay alert and be prepared for any assistance in case rain conditions deteriorate further.
"Travellers are also advised to avoid travelling along the NH-37 road due to multiple road blockages. The district administration in coordination with various national and state teams are undertaking search and rescue, relief operations work as we speak".
First published:30 Jun 2022, 7:37 pm
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