Landslide and drought in Manipur

Landslide and drought in Manipur
Heavy landslide at Bhalok Junction in Tamenglong. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 12 | Publish Date: 7/12/2019 12:04:33 PM IST

Heavy rain triggered landslide in the  hill district of Tamenglong even as farmers in the valley districts were facing water scarcity in their fields.

An official report on Friday said that a heavy landslide at Bhalok Junction has damaged the only road that connects Bhalok and its adjoining villages with Tamenglong district headquarters on Friday.

The landslide triggered by continuous heavy to medium rainfalls in the last few days in the district has washed away a portion of the road, causing inconveniences to the villages.

The district authority has rushed to the landslide area with machineries to clear the debris of the landslide and cut a new road to re-connect the villages with the district headquarters.

The district administration is on high  alert in response to flood and landslide alarm sounded by the state relief and disaster management department,  while also  reminding of the weather forecast of the Indian Meteorological Department.

The Indian Meteorological Department predicted heavy to very heavy rain at a few places with extremely heavy rainfall  at some isolated places of Manipur in the coming days and has alerted the deputy commissioners of all districts of the state and state water resources department that heavy and very heavy rain may trigger flood and landslide.

The situation may continue till July 13 as per Indian Meteorological Department, the department said while requesting commissioners of all districts of the state to take up precautionary measures. The department alerted that there is possibility of flood and landslide at flood and landslide prone areas due to incessant rain.

Imphal West DC has opened control rooms at various concerned offices including district police, following the alert sounded by the concerned department.

The control rooms were opened to address problems related to relief for any natural disaster/calamity that may occurred during and after the anticipated flood/storm which is likely to hit Manipur in the coming days, an official source said.

DCs of other districts have also taken up similar precautionary measures, the source said. The flood alert in the state was at a time while farmers across the state were facing acute shortage of water in their fields.

Owing to no water, farmers are fearing failure of their kharif crops, particularly rice crop and the state government has been taking up various measures like distribution of water pump-sets and sowing rice seed of short duration varieties in nurseries for transplantation.

With some rains in the last few days, the farmers are somewhat relieved but they were worried of facing flood again against backdrop of weather warning.

Due to a 70 per cent deficit rainfall in the month of June, the state has been facing a drought-like situation. Even as there are many dams, rivers and streams, farmers could not irrigate their fields in the absent of irrigation facilities. Almost all the irrigation projects taken up by the government are not in usable condition due to lack of quality control. 

Not only the farmers, but the state government was hoping of the arrival of monsoon rain in July which was indicated by the government preparation of nurseries for sowing rice seeds for onward distribution to farmers after arrival of the monsoon rain. Across the NE region,  there’s an acute crisis of water due to inadequate rainfall.

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