Landslide in Manipur: Death toll at 49, search operation to continue

Noney: Manipur’s landslide death toll rose to 49 with one more dead body recovered from the debris on Thursday, the eighth day of the search and rescue operation, officials said.

The search and rescue operation will continue as 12 persons are still missing due to the tragic June 30 massive landslide, the Noney district deputy commissioner said in the latest status update of the operation.

The update said that the dead body of one of the missing persons later identified to be that of a villager was recovered today. However, the identity of the body is yet to be officially confirmed, it added.

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Of the victims of the massive landslide that hit Tupul railway line construction site on June 30, so far 49 bodies were recovered, 18 rescued alive and 12 still missing.

Of the 49 deceased, 29 were personnel of the Territorial Army camped at the site to protect the railway staff and workers, 11 from VSC, two from railways, three from BIPL, one from NIPL, one each of villager, civil driver of TA and civil cook of BIPL.

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