Thursday, June 1, 2023

2 more bodies found; toll in Mnp landslide rises to 52


The death toll from the devastating landslide at the railway line construction site in Manipur’s Noney district rose to 52 with two more dead bodies retrieved from the debris on Monday, the day 11 of the search and rescue operation.
The deceased were an official of the Venkata Sai Construction (VSC), a company engaged in the railway line construction while the identity of the other one was yet to be established, an official source said.
With the recovery of the two, bodies of nine persons who remained missing after the landslide hit the railway line construction site on June 30 were yet to be recovered.
Meanwhile, minister of Water Resource and Relief & Disaster Management, Awangbow Newmai who is personally monitoring the search and rescue operation today said that the operation will continue for three more days.
Talking to reporters after taking stock of the ongoing operation, the minister reiterated that the rescue operation will continue till all the victims are found.
He informed that two more dead bodies were retrieved today, and the death toll mounted to 52 from the landslide that struck a railway construction site at Tupul in Noney district.
Considering the hardships faced by the officials and volunteers who are involved in the rescue and search operation for 12 days continuously, Awangbow said that a review meeting will be held to discuss providing additional force in the rescue team.
The minister also requested the Army, NDRF, SDRF and volunteers for full cooperation to retrieve the missing victims.


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