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9 killed in Manipur landslide
SOBHAPATI SAMOM

Rescue operations at the landslide-hit localities of Tamenglong district in Manipur on Wednesday. – Photo: Correspondent
 IMPHAL, July 11 - In a tragic incident, nine people, mostly children below 18 years of age, were killed while seven others were injured in a landslide triggered by heavy rains in three places in Manipur’s Tamenglong district early on Wednesday, official source said.

Though seven bodies have been recovered, bodies of two children are yet to be retrieved.

The incident took place at three places – New Salem, Neigailong and Ramgailong areas in and around Tamenglong district headquarters, 150 km west of Imphal today around 2am today, police said.

Tamenglong Deputy Commissioner Ravinder Singh said on phone that the incident happened after continuous rain for about three hours. The district authorities are trying to find the bodies of the two missing children, he added.

Two daughters and three sons (all under 18 years of age) of Gaithuanang Riamei of New Salem locality lost their lives and a mother identified as Meijinglakliu Pamei and her 13 year-old son were killed when their house in Neigailong was swept away in the landslide.

Two children, including a baby boy and three-year-old daughter, of Lanthailung Kamei were washed away at Ramgailong area and their bodies are yet to be recovered.

Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Minister K Shyam and Education Minister Th Radheshyam have rushed to Tamenglong and distributed relief materials this afternoon.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh has assured an ex-gratia payment of Rs 5 lakh each to those who lost their lives in the landslide. He also expressed deep shock and grief over the death of nine persons.

Manipur has been badly affected by floods last month followed by landslides. Heavy rain also wreacked havoc in neighbouring Nagaland where sinking of the National Highway leading to Imphal has cut off State capital Imphal from the rest of the country.

In August 2015, 20 people were killed in a massive landslide in remote Joumol village in Manipur’s Chandel district bordering Myanmar.

PTI adds: Jitendra Singh, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), tweeted, “Saddened to learn, 9 precious lives lost due to landslide at 3 places in Tamenglong, #Manipur. Appreciate CM @NBirenSingh taking personal interest in rescue operations”.

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