IMPHAL, Oct 31 (NNN): Dead body of one of the two women who went missing after they were swept away by the strong water current in Manipur’s interior Ukhrul district a few days ago was recovered.
Two women were missing after they were swept away while they were crossing Tholiru stream that falls into Challou River amid strong current triggered by continuous heavy downpour on October 24 evening.
Amid the fear of drowning, villagers swung into action to rescue them. Teams of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Assam Rifles and local police also joined the villagers in the rescue operation.
However, due to heavy downpour and strong water current, the victims remained untraceable.
Dead body of one of the missing women was recovered on the fifth day of the search operations recently, an official report said here.
Local reports said that the dead body of RK Ramreila (34), wife of RK Mathotmi of Poi village was retrieved from the Challou River at New Tusom area.
The place where the dead body was retrieved is around 17 km from the place where the two women were swept away, the report said.
The search operation continued to trace the other missing woman along the stretch of Challou River. Drones were also deployed to assist the rescue teams to trace the remaining missing woman.
However, rescuers are facing problems as after New Tusom, the Challou River flows in Nagaland, the report further said.
The stream they crossed got swollen suddenly by the heavy rain triggered by the impact of Cyclone Sitrang that affected most parts of the State with strong wind accompanied by heavy rain.
The other woman who is still missing was RS Ngamreila (30), wife of RS Varechung of Poi village.