Landslip kills 7 in Manipur
Imphal: Seven persons, including six children, died in three landslides in Manipur's Tamenglong district, 150km west from here, in the wee hours on Wednesday. Two children remain untraced.
The landslides occurred at New Salem, Neigailong and Ramgailong between 2.30am and 3am.
At New Salem, five children (two girls and three boys) of Guithuanang Riamei and Liangsiliu - Tigailiu, 17, Peichunliu, 15, Gaikurei, 13, Guangthuichui, 12, and Pouhuatlung, 9, - were killed. Two cousins of the victims, however, escaped unhurt.
At Neigalong, a woman and her son, Meijinglakliu Pamei, 33, and Linwangbou, 13, died when their house was swept away in a landslide. Three other kids were rescued by neighbours.
At Ramgailong, a nine-month-old infant and a three-year-old daughter of Lanthailung Kamei and Khuanngamliu were swept away. The children remain untraced while the parents have been admitted to Tamenglong district hospital.
Three houses and a church were destroyed in the landslides.
State and central forces, including Manipur police and the Assam Rifles, as well as villagers were engaged in rescue operations. The Assam Rifles distributed food among the public during the search and rescue operations.
Tamenglong deputy commissioner Ravinder Singh, Tamenglong sub-divisional officer Kachamthai, Tamenglong sub-divisional police officer Joshia Pamei and other district-level officials visited the spot.
All shops and markets were closed in the district headquarters in solidarity with the bereaved families.
Chief minister N. Biren Singh said, "I am deeply saddened by the news of loss of precious lives in Tamenglong due to landslides. Sharing my heartfelt condolences to all the bereaved." He said a ministerial team, led by Karam Shyam Singh and Th. Radheshyam Singh, have left for the spots to assess the situation and help the victims of the landslides. He announced immediate provision of relief materials and Rs 1 lakh each to the victims' families.
Biren Singh announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of the victims. He also instructed Tamenglong deputy commissioner Ravinder Singh to provide immediate assistance to the victims and to monitor the situation minutely.
The Tamenglong district administration has opened a relief control room to respond to grievances from the residents of the area. Manipur Police along with Assam Rifles and paramilitary forces have extended their help in evacuating the people of the area to safer locations.
This was the worst-ever landslide in Manipur after the August 1, 2015 landslide that killed 20 people in Chandel district.