9 killed in Manipur landslides

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Imphal, July 11 (PTI): Heavy rains triggered landslides in three places in Manipur’s Tamenglong town on Wednesday morning, killing nine persons, including five minors and injuring seven others, officials said.

The landslides occurred at 2.30 am, police said. Tamenglong town borders Assam and is about 150 km from here.

The bodies of two more children killed in the landslide are yet to be recovered, said Chief Minister N Biren Singh. The seven injured have been admitted to the district hospital in Tamenglong, the officials said.

“I am deeply saddened to know that nine precious life lost due to landslide at 3 places in Tamenglong Head Quarter, till now seven bodies have been recovered, two bodies of children yet to be recovered. Rescue operations are on,” the chief minister tweeted.

District Deputy Commissioner Rabinder Singh told PTI that the bodies of seven of the nine persons missing following the landslides have been recovered.

Security personnel and locals are carrying out the rescue operations on a war footing, he said. Jitendra Singh, Union minister for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER), tweeted, “Saddened to learn, 9 precious lives lost due to landslide at 3 places in Tamenglong, #Manipur. Appreciate CM Sh @NBirenSingh taking personal interest in rescue operations”.

Sub-deputy collector of Tamenglong, N Rabichandra Meitei told PTI that four houses were damaged by the landslide.

The chief minister announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of each dead in the landslides, a government press release said.

The chief minister also instructed the deputy commissioner to provide immediate assistance to the victims.

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