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Manipur: Death toll rises to 24 as search operation continues at Noney

On Saturday morning, three more bodies of Territorial Army personnel were recovered from the debris, taking the death toll to 24 even as 38 people remain missing under the landslide debris at the railway construction site in Manipur’s Noney district.

Of the total 24 mortal remains recovered, 18 belong to the personnel of the Territorial Army and six are civilians, according to Army officials.

Until Thursday, 13 Territorial Army personnel and five civilians were rescued alive from under the debris while the search for 12 Army personnel and 26 civilians continues unabated by NDRF, SDRF, Army, and police personnel on the third day, Saturday.

At present, the teams have zeroed down to two different spots for search operations as most bodies have been recovered from these spots. Heavy machinery along with ‘through-wall imaging radars’ are being deployed to expedite operations.

Mortal remains of 14 Army personnel, including 1 JCO and 12 other ranks of Territorial Army personnel were sent to their respective home stations by two IAF aircrafts and an Indian Army helicopter, while one mortal remain was sent to Kangpokpi district by road, after wreath laying by GOC Red Shield Division and IG IGAR (South) at Imphal with full military honours on Saturday morning.

Mortal remains of 11 Gorkha jawans hailing from Darjeeling and Sikkim will arrive at the Bagdogra Airport on Saturday and accorded a ceremonial departure with a wreath-laying ceremony. Similar befitting honours will be paid at respective home stations as per military tradition.

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