02 Jul 2022, 16:35

Indian landslide search enters third day with 25 dead

GUWAHATI, India, July 2, 2022 (BSS/AFP) - The search for survivors buried 
under a landslide in India's northeast entered its third day Saturday with 25 
bodies pulled from the rubble and nearly 40 people still missing. 

Security forces and disaster relief teams raced against the clock to find any 
more survivors trapped under the debris at a railway construction camp in 
Manipur state. 

Most of the victims were reserve soldiers from the Territorial Army who had 
been working on the railway project. 

Eighteen people have so far been pulled alive from the earth with no more 
rescued overnight, an army statement said, while 12 reservists and 26 
civilians remain missing. 

The situation at the scene of the landslide was "still serious" with rainfall 
and bad weather hampering rescue efforts, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren 
Singh said. 

India's remote northeast has been pummelled by heavy rainfall in recent 
weeks, triggering landslides and floods.

Dozens were killed in the region after flooding last month, with relentless 
rains causing landslides and inundating homes.

Earlier this year, at least 10 people, including a four-year-old child, were 
killed in floods and landslides after unusually heavy rains hit several parts 
of India. 

Experts say climate change is increasing the number of extreme weather events 
around the world, with damming, deforestation and development projects in 
India exacerbating the human toll.

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