Union Minister takes ground zero stock of Manipur landslide operation

Imphal: Union minister of State for Education, Dr Subhas Sarkar, who is camping in Imphal, paid a visit at Tupul landslide spot in Noney district on Sunday morning.

The Union minister arrived in Imphal on Saturday afternoon on a four-day visit in Manipur. He will be leaving Imphal on the morning of July 5 for New Delhi.

Dr Sarkar was accompanied by MP Maharaja Sanajaoba Leishemba and MP Raju Bista who is also the national general secretary of BJYM among others while visiting the landslide spot where rescue operation to trace the missing persons is in progress.

The devastating landslide hit the 107 Territorial Army (TA) camp located at Tupul railway construction camp at Makhuam area of Noney district in the wee hours of Thursday (June 30).
With the recovery of one more dead on Sunday (till 2 pm), the death toll from the devastating landslide has risen to 35.

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As per an official source, as many as 81 people, mostly TA personnel were affected by the landslide that buried the TA camp and other camps located in the area.

The rescue operation launched by a Joint Task Force comprising Army, Assam Rifles, NDRF, SDRF, CRPF, Army Medical Doctors, Manipur police, fire service personnel, volunteers of MMTA and locals have so far rescued 18 people alive.

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Talking to the media at the spot, the Union minister said that he visited the spot to take ground zero stock of the rescue operation which is in progress.

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He informed that the Central government took the tragic incident seriously and the rescue operation is being monitored by the Prime Minister and the Union Railway minister personally.

Dr Sarkar added that he took the ground zero stock of the operation along with top officials of the state government like additional chief secretary MH Khan, the DC and the SP of Noney district and top officials of the Army, Assam Rifles, NDRF, SDRF, CRPF and others who are supervising the rescue operation.

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