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Manipur landslide: 8 from Assam killed, state govt airlifted bodies

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Guwahati, Jul 3: Assam state Cabinet Minister Pijush Hazarika said at least eight people from Assam, including one army jawan, have been killed so far in the landslide at railway construction site in Manipur’s Noney district.

He said that twelve others from the state, including a railway engineer are still missing.

The overall death toll in the landslide at Tupul yard railway construction camp in the neighbouring state on Wednesday night has increased to 25, while 38 others are still missing.

It is an extremely tragic and unfortunate incident. Search and rescue operations are going on in full swing, Hazarika, who reached Tupul on Saturday said.

After visiting the landslide site, he met the injured persons from the state undergoing treatment at a local hospital.

He said bodies of eight people from the state seven construction company staff and one army jawan have been recovered so far.

“One railway engineer and 11 other construction company workers are still missing. Five persons had been rescued, out of which two are currently hospitalised, he said.

The chief minister had on Friday shared a list of 22 names from Morigaon district who were engaged at the railway construction site. Out of these, five were rescued in injured condition, five confirmed dead and 12 others are still to be traced.

Most of the people from the state engaged at the landslide site hailed from Morigaon and had gone to work as staff of the construction company about 20 days back.

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