Efforts on to find bodies of two children missing after Manipur landslide
Rescue workers are trying to retrieve the bodies of two children who have been missing since Wednesday’s landslide in Manipur’s Tamenglong district which claimed the lives of nine people and injured five others.Updated: Jul 12, 2018 19:56 IST
Efforts are on to recover the bodies of two children who have been missing since Wednesday’s landslide in Manipur’s Tamenglong district which claimed the lives of nine people and injured five others.
Though seven of the nine bodies were recovered, those of a nine-month-old baby boy and a three-year-old girl were yet to be retrieved.
“Search operations continue in full swing by SDRF and locals,” deputy commissioner Ravinder Singh of Tamenglong district told HT over phone. “So far there is no report recovery.”
Vice-chairman of the state relief and disaster management authority Adim Pamei said the search will continue until the bodies were recovered.
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh assured ex-gratia (of Rs 5 lakh each) to the kin of each victim and other relief for the affected families.
A total of 15 houses were completely damaged while five others were partially affected due to a landslide in Tamenglong, which experts believe was caused by heavy rainfall.
The region recorded 158.8 mm rainfall since Wednesday midnight, according to nodal officer Dr T Brajakumar of the state climate cell of environment directorate.
In a condolence message, state governor Dr Najma Heptulla said, “I’m deeply shocked to learn about the death of seven persons and two persons missing in an unprecedented devastating landslide caused by incessant heavy rainfall in Tamenglong district.”
First Published: Jul 12, 2018 19:14 IST