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Manipur reels under flood fury
Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 9:
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Published on 10 Oct. 2010 12:14 AM IST
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Flood situation in Imphal took an alarming turn as water level in almost all the rivers crossed above required level on Saturday, submerging most of the low-lying areas including Thangal Bazar, Paona Bazar and VIPs quarters areas.
With the breached of Imphal river bank on the eastern side, Palace gate where the offices of the media houses like Imphal Free Press, Newmai News Network and All India Radio (AIR) Imphal came under water.
Imphal Free Press, the daily paper had announced suspension of publication till the flood situation improves. Functioning of AIR, Imphal was not yet disturbed by the flood water so far but the official said that if the water level rises further, than the functioning was likely to be disturbed.
Palace compound, New Chekon, Wangkhei and its adjoining areas were submerged due to the breached of Imphal river bank at Hatta Golapati. Market places in the heart of Imphal city remained closed as streets were under water with the overflow of Nambul river on the eastern side.
Most of the colonies and streets were under water and authorities of the Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) were continuing to man the banks of the rivers where water was overflowing with incessant rains over the past few days. Life had been thrown out of gear in Manipur.
Meanwhile, state IFCD minister N Biren was personally supervising officials of IFCD in checking breaching of river banks. The minister also ordered officials to remain alert round the clock.
Biren said that the department was closely monitoring all the places where river banks were likely to breach, most importantly retaining wall on the western side of the Imphal river at Bapura where quarters of VIPs, MLAs, ministers including chief minister’s bungalow located.
Further, two major national highways connecting the state with other parts of the country had been cut-off due to landslides at various places, a police report said. Hundreds of vehicles coming from both Dimapur and Imphal sides were stranded due to the landslides.
Movement of all kinds of vehicles had been blocked along the Imphal-Mao section of the NH-39 due to piling of heavy mass of woods and rocks brought down by the rain water at Sahong village area under Tadubi police station, Senapati district. Minor landslides were also reported at Tabu and Pani villages on the stretch of the highway.
The traffic along the Imphal-Jiribam section of the NH-53 was also disturbed due to landslide at Nungba in Senapati district. Owing the landslide, over 200 loaded trucks heading towards Imphal from Jiribam was stranded, police report added.

 
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