Rescue dogs

Advanced wall radar, rescue dogs search for survivors in Manipur landslide

Guwahati:

The death toll from a massive landslide at a Territorial Army camp in Manipur’s Noney district has risen to 37, officials said on Saturday. Search operations are still ongoing for another 28 people who were trapped after Wednesday night’s landslide. The dead include 24 jawans.

Rescue efforts are being carried out in the Tupul area by the Indian Army, Assam Rifles, Territorial Army and Central and State Disaster Response Forces. To speed up search operations, rescue dogs were also deployed. TWIR (Through Wall Imaging Radar) technology is also used by authorities to find people under the debris.

“Relentless efforts to locate the remaining seven Territorial Army personnel and 21 missing civilians will continue until the last individual is located,” a defense spokesman in Guwahati said.

The landslide happened on Wednesday evening at the Territorial Army camp near the Tupul railway construction site.

Heavy rains and new landslides in the Tupul area since Saturday evening have affected search operations. “The search operation continues despite unfavorable weather conditions, due to heavy rain and new landslides last night,” the spokesperson said.

The corps of seven Territorial Army jawans were today sent to their hometowns – Kolkata and Bagdogra in West Bengal and Agartala in Tripura.

Full military honors were given to them at Imphal.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced compensation of ₹5 lakh each for the family of the deceased and ₹50,000 for the injured.