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Landslide hits Indian Army company location in Manipur, 13 rescued


NEW DELHI: The Indian Army’s Company location in Manipur was hit by a landslide around midnight. A full-scale rescue operation is underway.

The Indian Army in its statement said, “Around midnight of 29/ 30 June, a massive landslide struck the company location of 107 Territorial Army of the Indian Army". The army was deployed near Tupul Railway Station in Noney district, Manipur for protection of an under-construction railway line from Jiribam to Imphal.”

Till about 0530hr, 13 individuals were rescued. Sources confirmed that two dead bodies have also been recovered. The injured individuals are being treated at Noney Army Medical unit. Evacuation of the critically injured personnel is in progress. The flow of the Ijai river has been affected due to the landslide.

Full-scale rescue operations are in progress by columns of Indian Army and Assam Rifles. In addition, the available engineer plant equipment on site has been pressed into the rescue efforts.

Rescue operations are being hampered by fresh landslides and bad weather. “However a concerted effort is underway to rescue the missing individuals. The Army helicopters are on standby waiting for the weather to clear.” Army added.