Imphal: Geological Survey of India (GSI) has initiated the research and development activities and the ground work for developing regional Landslide Early Warning System (LEWS) including the North Eastern Region, said relief and disaster management minister Awangbow Newmai on Wednesday.
Awangbow said the evaluation and calibration of the models is still continuing and will be made operational after successful ground evaluation with effect from 2025.
This was stated by the minister while replying to the question raised by MLA Surjakumar Okram on the third day of the Second Session of the 12th Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Regarding the recent massive landslide in Marangching, Noney district, Awangbow replied that the total number of fatalities were 58 as on July 23. Three persons were still missing and 18 were injured.
Forest minister Th. Biswajit Singh, replying to the question raised by MLA Chinlunthang, informed the House that there are 37 reserved forests and 23 protected forests of all the districts in Manipur.
Cheklaphai covering an area of about 52.84 sq.km was declared as Reserved Forest by Manipur State Darbar Resolution No.2 dated 12.12.1945 before the Indian Forest Act, 1927 was enacted in Manipur, the minister added.