Bodies of 7 army soldiers, 1 civilian recovered after landslide in Manipur

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The mortal remains of seven army soldiers and one civilian have been recovered after a massive landslide hit Manipur.

A massive landslide hit Manipur’s Noney district. (Photo: India Today/Jit Ningomba)

The mortal remains of seven army soldiers and one civilian have been recovered after a massive landslide hit the company location of 107 Territorial Army of the Indian Army deployed near Tupul railway station in Manipur’s Noney district.

The incident took place at Tupul yard railway construction camp on Wednesday night.

So far, 13 soldiers of the Territorial Army and five civilians have been rescued.

Troops of the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and the Territorial Army continued the rescue operations throughout the day in the general area of Tupul railway station, Noney district, Manipur, in spite of inclement weather.

Teams of Indian railways, civil administration, National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and locals of Noney District are also actively contributing in the search.

Relentless search operations will continue during the night. Engineering equipment including dozers has 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 the likelihood of breach in the dam created on the river by the landslide.

GOC in C Eastern Command, Lt Gen RP 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 N Biren Singh also visited the incident site, for first-hand inputs on the rescue operations.

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