Landslides kill 7, another 2 untraceable

Pothashang News Service: Imphal, July 11, 2018: Landslides occurred at three different parts of Tamenglong district headquarters has taken lives of seven including six children today early morning.

Two children remained untraceable. Rescue operations were being taken up by the state and central forces with the villagers.

The landslides were occurred at New Salem, Neigailong and Ramgailong between 2: 30 am and 3 am.

At New Salem two girls and three boys, children of Guithuanang Riamei and Liangsiliu were killed. They are Tigailiu Riamei, 17, Peichunliu Riamei, 15, Gaikurei Riame, 13, Guangthuichui Riamei, 12, and Pouhuatlung Riamei, 9.

Two kids, who are cousins of the deceased escaped unhurt.

At Neigalong a women and her son died when their houses was swept away in the landslide. They are Meijinglakliu Pamei, 33, and Linwangbou, 13. Three other kids were rescued by neighbours.

At Ramgailong area two children, a 9 months old baby boy and three-year-old daughter of Lanthailung Kamei and Khuanngamliu have also been swept away. Their bodies were yet to be recovered, till the filing of this report. The parents have been hospitalised at Tamenglong district hospital.

Three houses and a church were destroyed by the landslides.

Assam Rifles provided food to the public during search and rescue operation.

All shops and market were closed at district headquarter to show solidarity to the bereaved families.

Chief minister Biren Singh has conveyed his sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls. He wished speedy recovery to those who were injured in the tragic incident.

He assured that an ex-gratia of Rs. 5 lakhs would be given to the next of kin of those deceased persons. He also instructed the deputy commissioner of TamenglongRavinder Singh to provide immediate assistance to the victims and to monitor the situation minutely.

The district administration, Tamenglong has opened a Relief Control Room to respond to grievances from the residents of the area. The Manipur Police along with Assam Rifles and Paramilitary forces have extended their help in evacuating the people of the area to safe locations.

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