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Manipur landslide: CM Biren calls it 'worst incident' in state's history, death toll rises

By Shgun S -- July 02, 2022 9:21 am -- Updated:July 02, 2022 9:21 am

Noney (Manipur), July 2: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday termed the landslide in Noney district the worst incident in the history of the state.

The CM again visited the site to encourage the personnel engaged in rescue operations.

"It is the worst incident in the history of the state. We have lost 81 people's lives of which 18 including a territorial army (personnel) were rescued. Around 55 persons are trapped. It will take 2-3 days to recover all the dead bodies due to the soil," Singh said on Twitter.

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"The Centre has also sent NDRF and Army personnel to carry out rescue operation. Vehicle movement is affected due to moisture in the soil which is causing the delay. The rescue operation will take 2-3 more days," he further stated.

According to an official statement from the Indian Army, up to 12 more bodies, including eight Army personnel and four civilians, were found during the search operation from the scene of the landslide incident at Tupul in Manipur on Friday.

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Five civilians and a total of fifteen members of the Territorial Army have so far been recovered at the Manipur disaster site. 20 people have died so far in Manipur's landslide.

"Mortal remains of eight more Territorial Army personnel and four more civilians were recovered during the search on July 1. So far, the bodies of 15 Territorial Army personnel and five civilians have been recovered," Indian Army stated.

Meanwhile, 13 Territorial Army personnel and five civilians have been rescued by the Indian Army along with Assam Rifles, Territorial Army, SDRF and NDRF.

Indian Army further added, "Mortal remains of Territorial Army personnel are being despatched to respective home stations with full military honours. Search for 15 missing Territorial Army personnel and 29 civilians will continue unabated."

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