Noney: The official death toll in the Noney landslide tragedy rose to 34, even as 28 people still remain missing under the landslide debris at the railway construction site in Noney district in Manipur.

Of the total 34 mortal remains recovered until Saturday evening, 11 are civilians and 21 are from the Territorial Army, according to Army officials. Twenty eight people-seven from Army and 21 civilians, remain untraced. Eighteen people have been rescued so far.

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Until Thursday, 13 Territorial Army personnel and five civilians were rescued alive from under the debris while the search for 35 more 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 of the Army 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.

The unfortunate incident occurred at Tupul Yard Railway Construction Camp in Noney district on Wednesday night.

On Friday, chief minister N Biren Singh visited the site for the second time to oversee the search operations personally. He was accompanied by ministers Govindas Konthoujam, Awangbow Newmai, H Dingo Singh, Khashim Vashum, MP Lorho S Pfoze, chief secretary Rajesh Kumar and officials among others.

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