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Manipur landslide: Toll climbs to 20, 45 missing in Tupul rail camp

Those killed in the landslide that occurred near the Tupul railway construction camp in Noney district included territorial army men and railway workers. The debris has blocked the Ijai river forming a huge 'dam' posing threat to people living nearby. The world’s tallest pier rail bridge is coming up over this river.

IMPHAL, June 30: The death toll in the Manipur landslide near Tupul railway construction camp on Wednesday night has gone up to 20 dead. Thirteen people were also injured.

Many of those killed belonged to the territorial army who were guarding the railway line under construction. The victims also included the Frontier railway staff and civilians. The death toll is likely to go up as 45 others are missing.

Following incessant rains the massive landslide struck the Tupul rail yard construction camp near Makhuam in Noney district in western Manipur. Search and rescue operations are underway.

Flowing through Tamenglong and Noney districts, the Ijai river has been blocked by the landslide debris and as a result the river has been converted into a dam-like reservoir of swollen waters posing a major threat to the low-lying areas of Noney district. The administration has warned the neighbourhoods.

Travellers have been asked to avoid National Highway-37, which passes through the affected area.

“Called an emergency meeting to assess the situation of the landslide in Tupul today. The search and rescue operation are already underway. Let’s keep them in our prayers today. Ambulances along with doctors have also been dispatched to assist in the operation,” Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh tweeted.

“Spoke to Manipur CM Shri N Biren SinghJi and reviewed the situation due to a tragic landslide. Assured all possible support from the Centre. I pray for the safety of all those affected. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover soon”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

The landslide has blocked river Ijai over which construction is going on for the world’s tallest pier rail bridge, near Noney.

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