Thoubal River sweeps away sand mining worker

Thoubal River  sweeps away sand mining worker

Search for sand mining workers drown into swollen Thoubal River in Thoubal district on Tuesday. (NNN Photo)

Newmai News Network

Imphal | May 14

A sand mining worker went missing after he was swept away by a strong current of swollen Thoubal River in Manipur. This tragedy came days after the Mapithel Dam boat capsize incident where three lives were claimed.

The desperate search for 42-year-old man identified as Thangjam Kunje Singh, son of late Lala Singh of Ukhongshang Mayai Leikai, who was swept away by the strong river current, is underway.

A joint team of the state Fire service and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) has also joined the search launched by the sand mining workers, a report said.

He was swept away by the strong current of the swollen Thoubal River while he was engaging in the sand mining along with his co-workers on Tuesday at around 9.30 am. Even though it was a lean season for the rivers in Manipur, Thoubal River is swelling following the release of water from the Mapithel Dam reservoir.

Mapithel Dam was constructed at the catchment area of Thoubal River that originated from the hills in Ukhrul district to store the water for irrigation and drinking water supply.

The dam was in the news recently after lives of three youths – two siblings and a girl- were claimed in the boat capsize incident. The water of the dam was released during the search operation for the bodies of the boat capsize victims.