3 killed as massive storm sweeps Manipur

3 killed as massive storm sweeps Manipur
(L) Strong storm sweeps through Imphal valley. (R) A house completely destroyed by the storm on Monday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 15 | Publish Date: 4/15/2019 11:26:28 AM IST

Powerful storm that swept across Manipur on Monday morning has claimed the lives of at least three women and injuring several others including students, official said. The powerful storm that lashed most part of the state, both hills and valley areas, also destroyed houses, school buildings and uprooted trees and electric poles.

In Churachandpur district, two women died after the house they were taking shelter was destroyed by powerful storm. The deceased women were identified Nemdom (74) and Chenkholhai (50), both from the K Salemjang village.

Another woman, running a tea stall, died after a big banyan tree fell down on her tea stall in Kakching district. The deceased identified as Yengkhom Nungsitombi aka Memcha (56) was alone in her stall at the time of ill-fated incident.

The deadly thunderstorm swept at a speed of 40km per hour, according a source in the state meteorological department.

Over 50 people mostly students were hospitalised at various hospitals after they suffered injuries. Around 20 students of two schools in Bishnupur district were rushed to hospitals in the district. Some of the critically injured students were shifted to hospitals in Imphal.

The entire state was without power for some hours after electric poles were uprooted at several places. The power supply resumed only in the afternoon at several places, particularly in Imphal.

As per reports from various districts, the most affected area being Bishnupur and Churachandpur district and parts of adjoining Kakching district.

Even though, the powerful storm swept across the twin capital districts, there was no report of human casualty and causing major damages to property.

State chief minister N Biren Singh, who paid a visit to widely affected Kwakta area of Bishnupur district bordering Churachandpur district, expressed his shock and pain at the death of three women and assured relief as per government norms.

Talking to reporters at the spot, Singh, who is bound by Model Code of Conduct, said that he would direct the state chief secretary and other concerns to take up all possible relief measures as per government norms.

Meanwhile, Manipur CEO PK Singh has advised all the DEOs to take up all the relief works, if undertaken, through the official machinery. “No candidate or political functionary or political party should in any way be involved in relief works/measures,” he advised.

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