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Massive landslide hit Territorial Army Camp; 8 killed and 72 missing

A massive landslide occurred at the company location of 107 Territorial Army of the Indian Army deployed near Tupul railway station in the Noney district of Manipur on June 29 in the evening. 19 people rescued from the site whereas 8 people died in this incident. Around 72 people went missing following this mishap. A river flowing through Tamenglong and Noney districts had completely blocked due to the massive landslide. NDRF & SDRF immediately reached to the spot for rescue operation.

This landslide took place due to continuous heavy rainfall and inclement weather conditions near Tupul Railway Station in the district. Army troops of the 11 Gorkha Rifles, was for protection of the under-construction mega Railway Project from Jiribam to Imphal in Manipur. Unfortunately, this mishap happened. Local administration had deployed Army and Assam Rifles, the rescue teams include railways officials, civil administration to the area. Engineering equipment, bulldozers, had also imposed into service for creating access to the incident site. The debris had blocked the Ijei River, and inundated low-lying areas.

Seven Army soldiers and one civilian were died. Around fifty persons, including 23 soldiers, some railway officials and civilian labourers were buried under the debris after the incident. The rescue force rescued them alive from the area. Some injured civilian labourers and soldiers were rescued safely. They were quickly shifted to the Noney Army Medical unit. Army helicopters were kept on standby until the weather got clear. Alert was issued for the nearby areas. Travelers had also advised to avoid National Highway 37 due to multiple road blockages. The chief minister had announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 each for those injured.

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