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Manipur landslides toll climbs to 29

A landslide also occurred near the site but it did not affect the operations or cause any casualties or major damage.

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Imphal: The toll in Manipur landslides went up to 29 with the recovery of nine more bodies in the Noney district as the rescue operation was still on, officials said on Saturday.

Among the dead are 20 Territorial Army personnel, six construction workers, an engineer and two civilians. The landslides began on the intervening night of June 29 and 30 at Tupul, where 34 persons are still reported missing. The authorities have asked people in low-lying areas to evacuate as the weather has not improved.

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Meanwhile, the mortal remains of 14 Territorial Army personnel were sent to their respective homes after giving full military honours at the Imphal International Airport.

Thirteen Territorial Army personnel and five civilians have been safely rescued so far. The search for the missing persons was continuing for the third consecutive day with Manipur Police, Indian Army, Assam Rifles, Territorial Army, SDRF and NDRF personnel working at the incident site at Tupul.

Among the missing are 12 Territorial army personnel, 12 construction workers, three Railway staff, two Bharat Infra Pvt Ltd staff and five villagers. The rains slightly disturbed the operations, an official said. A landslide also occurred near the site but it did not affect the operations or cause any casualties or major damage.

A Defence official said so far the mortal remains of 1 JCO and 12 Other personnel of the Territorial Army were sent to their respective home stations by two IAF aircraft and an Indian Army helicopter.
The mortal remains of one Territorial army trooper were sent to Kangpokpi district of Manipur by road.

Wreaths were laid by the GOC Red Shield Division and IG IGAR (South) at Imphal with full military honours. Similar honours will also be paid at the victims’ respective home stations as per military tradition.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh was supervising the rescue operations and the government stationed senior officials and security personnel in the affected area.

On the other hand, Haulianlal Guite, Deputy Commissioner, Noney said in an advisory on Saturday that the flow of the ljei river was still obstructed by the debris, creating a dam-like storage condition, which, if breached, will wreak havoc on the low-lying areas of Noney district headquarters.
Efforts were on using a dozen earth movers to make a clear channel for allowing the safe outflow of stored water.

The general public living in villages downstream has been advised to take their own precautions and evacuate to a safe place. He said over 400 personnel across multiple central and state departments were involved in the search and rescue work at the landslide site.

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