Landslide at Manipur results in the death of multiple civilians. Over 55 people were reported missing by officials.
What Happened at the Manipur Landslide? Impact on People
A huge and devastating landslide hit the Manipur district of Noney late Wednesday night. A massive impact was felt on the Tupul Railway Station where the landslide took place. The largest damage was incurred by the Territorial Army stationed there for railway protection. The protection was for the railway line being built from Jiribam to the state capital, Imphal.
Reports from the Territorial Army state that over 13 people had been saved as a full-phase rescue operation took place early Thursday morning. The Noney Army Medical Unit is currently treating the injured patients while the evacuation is still ongoing. The available engineering equipment on-site has been innovatively used to speed the procedure.
Unfortunately, the rescue operation was halted and barred due to deteriorating weather conditions. The flow of the Ijei River and local topography were badly affected by the landslide which resulted in fresh downpours. According to reports, 2 people had been killed and a dozen discovered missing.
Locals Requested to Evacuate the Premises Immediately
Local forces have requested the people to evacuate the area as soon as possible. Conditions are expected to worsen with the Ijei River being obstructed by the falling debris. This could result in a change in course of the river causing flooding of residential lands. It could end up wreaking havoc in the low-lying areas of the district causing severe harm to life and property.
Army has lent helicopters to ensure the efficient rescue of the people. They are currently waiting for the weather and downpour to clear the sky. Meanwhile, the public is expected to stay aware and immediately call local services in case of medical assistance. Travelers have been advised to avoid National Highway 37 which has been blocked due to the landslide.
The Chief Minister, Biren Singh had called for an emergency meeting to discuss the agenda and proper measures. Amit Shah, the Union Minister, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi posted a Tweet to give updates on the Landslide and assure adequate support.