Updated 4 Jul 2022, 10:11 pm
Manipur Relief and Disaster Mangement Minister Awangbow Newmai visited the Makhuam NF Railway Station landslide spot for the fourth time on Monday, and assured all help from the government to the victims’ families.
Speaking during the visit, Awangbow expressed gratitude to the rescue team members and volunteers for their tireless search and rescue efforts during the tough time.
The rescue operation teams consisted of personnel of the Manipur Police, NDRF, SRDF, MMTA, Manipur Fire Service, Assam Rifles, CRPF, Army personnel, and volunteers of RNSOM, Makhuam Students and Youth Wing and nearby areas.
“During such trouble times, it is worthwhile to mention and applaud the rescue operation team along with each and every citizen who had been helping out personally, spiritually and emotionally,” the minister said.
Awangbow assured that the state government would put all efforts in rescuing the missing persons from the site, barring the actual place of the landslide which could not be restored at the moment, considering the soft condition of the soil.
During his visit, the minister met the family members of those locals who died in the incident. He assured the victims’ families all possible government help.
“Let us continue to remember them in our prayers and pray that every victim of the disaster would be rescued successfully and returned to their families,” he said.
As per official report on Monday, 47 bodies have been recovered so far. A total of 18 people, who were rescued from the landslide debris, sustained injuries. As many as 14 bodies remained missing as of Monday.
Body identification has become increasingly difficult due to tissue deterioration and finding missing bodies is also becoming more difficult, the rescuers said.
The minister was accompanied by the Noney deputy commissioner, Noney Police SP, Makhuam Village Authority, RNSOM president and other officials during the visit to the landslide site.
First published:4 Jul 2022, 2:03 pm
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