Troops of Indian Army Assam Rifles and Territorial Army continued the rescue operations through out the day in general area Tupul railway station, Noney district, Manipur inspite of inclement weather. Teams of Indian railways, civil administration, NDRF, SDRF and locals of Noney District are also actively contributing in the search.
In the midst of incessant rains, the devastating landslides have taken a huge toll at Tupul.Many lives have been lost and many more injured. The rescue operation is underway for the deceased and missing bodies buried in the debris of the landslide.
It has also caused damages to important properties and resources including parts of the Territorial Army Camp. While the massive debris have obstructed the Aga River water leading to massive accumulation of muddy water which may further cause unfortunate incidents like deluge to the surrounding areas when it breaches the debris.
The local MLA Dinganglung Gangmei, Chairman of HAC is inspecting and coordinating the rescue efforts of the sad disasters.
So far 13 soldiers of Territorial Army and 05 Civilians have been rescued, while mortal remains of seven soldiers and one civilian have been recovered.
Relentless search operations will continue during the night. Engineering equipment including dozers have been pressed into service for creating access to the incident site and help in the rescue efforts.
The civil administration has cautioned civilians living in downstream areas of the river to take precautions and evacuate due to likelihood of breach in the dam created on the river by the landslide.
GOC in C Eastern Command, Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita and GOC Spear Corps, Lt Gen RC Tiwari moved to the incident site and took stock of the rescue efforts.Chief Minister of Manipur Mr Biren Singh also visited the incident site, for first hand inputs on the rescue operations.
Casualty Status : Landslide at Tupol
107 Inf Bn(TA)
Recovered – 20
Fatal – 7
Still missing – 23
Civilians : Tentative Details, subject to change
Railway officials – 03
Railway cook – 01
BIPL official – 03
VHC labours- 18
Local Villagers – 03
Civilians Recovered – 06 (05 alive and 01 fatal)
Still missing – 27 (strength may increase by few as per further inputs)
( Report sent by Pratyusha Mukherjee )