Imphal, Manipur: At least seven people were killed and several others feared missing after a massive landslide hit Tupul railway construction camp in Manipur’s Noney district.
The incident took place on Wednesday night, however, the identities of those killed in the incident are yet to be ascertained. Meanwhile, rescue operations by the Indian Army and Assam Rifles are underway. Issuing an advisory, Noney Deputy Commissioner Haulianlal Guite said the landslide occurred at the Tupul Yard Railway construction camp, which also obstructed the course of the Ijei river, which flows through Tamenglong and Noney districts, creating a dam-like storage condition. As the situation is still unfolding, the Deputy Commissioner warned the general public, especially children, against going near the river.
Expressing grief over the incident, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, “The news of a tragic landslide near Tupul Yard railway construction camp in Noney District, Manipur is extremely distressing. My condolences to the bereaved families who have lost their loved ones and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured.”
7 bodies have been recovered so far. Rescued people being shifted to hospital.
Around 45 persons are still missing, said Solomon L Fimate, SDO of Noney district
CM Manipur in constant touch for rescue operation. 19 people already rescued, being treated at Noney Army Medical unit. Evacuation of critically injured in progress. Bad weather&fresh landslides affecting Rescue operations: NF Railway CPRO
Massive landslide triggered by incessant rains caused damage to Tupul station building of ongoing Jiribam – Imphal new line project. Landslide also stuck the track formation, camps of construction workers. Rescue operations in progress: NF Railway CPRO
If reports are to be believed, 53 people are untraceable.
Bodies of 5 martyrs have been recovered so far.
Residents are advised to avoid the NH 37(Imphal-jiri highway).
13 individuals have been rescued so far, the PRO Defence Wing said.
“A total of13 individuals have been rescued. The injured individuals are being treated at the Noney Army Medical unit. Evacuation of the critically injured personnel is in progress,” ANI quoted officials as saying.
The injured are undergoing treatment at Noney Army Medical unit.
Evacuation of the critically injured personnel is underway.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh held an emergency meeting.
“Called an emergency meeting to assess the situation of the landslide in Tupul today. The search and rescue operation is already underway. Let’s keep them in our prayers today. Ambulances along with doctors have also been dispatched to assist in the operation,” he said in a tweet.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that he spoke to the Manipur chief minister to take stock of the situation.
He informed that one NDRF team has joined the rescue operation, while two more teams are on the way.
“Spoke to Manipur CM N Biren Singh and Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in wake of a landslide near Tupul railway station in Manipur. Rescue operations are in full swing. An NDRF team reached the spot and joined rescue ops. TWo more teams are on their way to Tupul,” Shah said in a tweet.