Floods, landslides in Mnp following two days of incessant rain

Correspondent IMPHAL, Oct 27 | Publish Date: 10/27/2019 12:21:12 PM IST

Incessant rain in the last two days has triggered flooding and landslides in parts of Manipur, forcing members of around 70 houses to take shelter in relief camp in Jiribam district.

A medium landslide between Kangpokpi district headquarters and Changoubung near T Khullen village disturbed normal vehicular movement along the NH-2 (Imphal-Dimapur section) since Saturday afternoon.

However, with near completion of the debris clearing works, hundreds of vehicles stranded on both sides of the landslide areas since yesterday have started to cross the landslide area.

The highways was expected to opened for free movement of vehicles after clearing of debris by late Sunday night  if no rain, reports said.

In Jiribam district bordering Assam, several low lying areas have been inundated following overflow of Jiri River that passes through the district headquarters.

Reports said that the overflow of the river started Sunday morning and so far over 70 houses in Khoisutok and Leingangpokpi areas of the district headquarters have been submerged .

Around 300 people of flood affected houses have taken shelter at a relief camp opened at Jirighat High School by the local authority.

With more houses likely to affect by the flood, the local authorities have approached the district administration to open more relief camp while seeking relief assistance for flood affected families in the relief camp.

With rapid erosion of earth due to strong current of the river, villagers of a small village near the Jiri River bank feared uprooting of their village and appealed to the district administration to take up immediate measure to check erosion which was reportedly taking place at fast rate. The villagers had already shifted to a safe place, the report added.

Small to medium mudslides on the roads were reported from various parts of Tamenglong and Noney districts where heavy non-stop downpour were reported in the last two days.

Important rivers in these two districts were running above the danger level, reports said.

With the swelling of important rivers like Barak, Irang, Makru, Echei and Leimatak,  submerging of paddy fields at upper lands of the river banks has begun triggering fear of destroying ripening paddy crops of the farmers.  

Meanwhile, with flooding looming large in the valley areas of the state with almost all the rivers run above the danger level, state water resource department on Sunday opened emergency flood control room in its head office in Imphal

Rivers running passing through the twin capital districts were above the danger levels, officials of the state water resource department said while giving flood warning to the residents near the banks of these rivers.

Imphal, Nambul and Kongba rivers were running above danger level while the level of Iril River, another important river passing through Imphal East district, was increasing rapidly since Sunday morning, they said. 

Heavy to medium downpour lashed the across the state in the last two days even though it was stopped in Imphal in the afternoon.

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