India: Rescue work begins after mudslides kill 42 people

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Rescuers have been working hard to find survivors (Picture: AP)

Dozens have been killed after a mudslide devastated a railway construction site in northeastern India.

A desperate rescue mission was launched in the rugged hills of Noney, a town near Imphal, following Wednesday’s incident.

According to local reports in the state of Manipur, the death toll has now risen to 42.

It came as eight other bodies – including one of a two-year-old child – were recovered on Sunday.

Twenty-seven Territorial Army soldiers were among the dead, officials said today.

Twenty people are still missing, and searches are ongoing as heavy rain continues to pour down.

Union Minister of State Dr. Subhas Sarkar promised that the central government was ready to provide any help it could.

Persistent rains have devastated large parts of north-east India, affecting 45 million people and neighboring Bangladesh.

Soldiers wrap bodies of victims of a mudslide in Noney in the northeastern state of Manipur, India, Friday, July 1, 2022. Rescuers found more bodies on Friday as they resumed the search for dozens of people missing after a mudslide caused by weeks of heavy downpours was triggered, killing at least 19 people at a railway construction site in northeastern India, officials said. (AP Photo/Agui Kamei)

Bodies were wrapped by soldiers after the tragedy (Image: AP)

This photo provided by India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows NDRF personnel carrying the body of a victim of a mudslide in Noney in the northeastern state of Manipur, India on Friday July 1, 2022. Rescuers found five more bodies as they resumed clearing operations At least 19 people were killed at a railway construction site in northeastern India after an overnight stay looking for dozens of missing people after a mudslide triggered by weeks of torrential downpours, officials said friday with (National Disaster Response Force via AP)

Monsoon weather conditions have affected the country since March (Image: AP)

This photo provided by India's National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) shows NDRF personnel standing next to the body of a mudslide victim in Noney in the northeastern state of Manipur, India on Friday July 1, 2022. Rescuers found five more bodies as they resumed clearing operations after an overnight halt to search for dozens of missing people after a mudslide triggered by weeks of torrential downpours killed at least 19 people at a railway construction site in northeastern India, officials said on Friday . (National Disaster Response Force via AP)

Hostile weather conditions are expected to continue (Image: AP)

Army personnel had been keeping railroad officials safe because of a decades-long insurgency that sought separate homes for ethnic and tribal groups in the area.

Dredgers were also used to search for bodies in the rivers.

Bad weather in northeastern India killed 200 people in heavy downpours and mudslides in states including Assam, Manipur, Tripura and Sikkim, while 42 died in Bangladesh.

Hundreds of thousands have been displaced in India.

Scientists blame climate change for the hostile weather and mudslides.

Monsoon-like weather in Asia usually starts in June, but the torrential rain started as early as March this year.

Experts warn that the monsoon season will become more variable due to climate change.

A consequence of this is that rain that would normally fall throughout the season arrives in a shorter period of time.

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