Death toll from landslide in India’s northeastern state of Manipur climbs to 26

A landslide in northeastern India’s Manipur state has left at least 26 dead. Fresh rain and falling boulders have hampered rescue efforts.

Rescue work is expected to continue for a couple of days in the hilly terrain in Noney, a town near state capital Imphal, with little hope of finding survivors among 37 people still missing since Wednesday night.

About 21 of the confirmed 26 dead were members of the Territorial Army. The army had been providing security for the railway officials because of a decades-old armed uprising.

More than 250 soldiers, rescuers and police using bulldozers and other equipment were involved in the operation.

The debris of a landslide that wiped out a railway construction site. Thirteen soldiers and five civilians have been rescued from the debris of the entirely swept away railway station, staff residential quarters and other infrastructure that was being built.

An estimated 200 people have been killed in heavy downpours and mudslides in states including Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim, while 42 have died in Bangladesh since May 17. Hundreds of thousands have been displaced.