Imphal: The death toll amidst a massive landslide at a Territorial Army Camp in Manipur’s Noney district has gone up to 24, including 18 jawans, officials said on Saturday.
Search operations by the Indian Army, Assam Rifles, Territorial Army, SDRF, and NDRF have been on war footing. The tragedy occurred at the company location of 107 Territorial Army of the Indian Army deployed near Tupul railway station in Manipur’s Noney district. Rescue personnel are searching to find the dead and trapped army men or people.
Fresh teams were pressed on today to strengthen the efforts in the search.
The rescue team has so far rescued 13 Territorial Army personnel and five civilians, while the search for other missing people is in progress. The civil administration has urged the civilians who are living in downstream areas of the river to apply all safety measures and leave the place because a crack in the dam could result in more landslides.
Incessant rain has made the rescue operation difficult. A “Thorough Wall Radar is also being inducted by air to detect the presence of personnel buried in the debris,” an official release said.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh, along with top army and civil officials, visited the site where the disaster took place on Friday. Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has announced a compensation package of 5 lakh rupees for each of those killed and 50,000 rupees for those injured.
Last evening, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet that nine jawans from her state, West Bengal, had died in the incident.
“Shocked to know that nine jawans from the Darjeeling Hills (107 Territorial Army unit) are among the casualties in the Manipur landslide.” “We deeply mourn the deaths and extend our heartfelt condolences to the families.” condolences,” Ms Banerjee said.