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Massive landslide on NH-2 in Manipur

Massive landslide on NH-2 in Manipur
Massive landslide along NH-2 in Manipur’s Senapati district that cut-off the highway completely.
Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 24 | Publish Date: 10/24/2020 1:36:26 PM IST

A massive landslide has totally cut-off Imphal-Dimapur section of National Highway-2, the lifeline of Manipur as incessant rains over the past three days have been wreaking havoc in many parts of the state.

The continuous downpour has also triggered landslides in some hill districts even as rivers were running above the warning levels. 

Most parts of Manipur have been experiencing heavy to moderate rainfall in the last few days following which the state government has sounded flood and landslide alert on Friday. 

The state relief and disaster management department has asked deputy commissioners of all districts to take up precautionary measures in coordination with the state water resources department.

Reports said that the massive landslide along the NH-2 at Khongnem area in Senapati district happened around 5.30 pm and two JCBs and a truck were brought down by the heavy landslide that totally damaged a portion of about 50 meters of the highway. 

No human casualty was reported as the drivers and occupants of the ill-fated vehicles escaped unhurt. The sliding of mud and rock in the area continued till Saturday afternoon.

Over 300 vehicles, mostly Imphal-bound loaded trucks and inter-state buses were stranded on both sides of the highway.

Official reports said that the landslide occurred at Khongnem Thana which is about 12 kilometres from Senapati district headquarters toward Dimapur side.

Members of Senapati District Students Association (SDSA) and Maram Students Union (MKS)  rushed to the spot extended help to the stranded passengers and vehicles, the reports said.

As the downpour continued and with the highway being totally cut-off, state authority has issued advisory to avoid travelling on NH-2.

Families of houses near the landslide areas have been shifted to safer places as the authorities swung into action to restore the normal traffic along the highway.

State PWD and BIEPL manning the highway have swung into action to construct a temporary road by pressing their available manpower and machineries to undertake restoration work.

The deputy commissioner (DC) and SP of the Senapati district who went to the spot also took stock of the situation.

It will take at least five to seven days to restore normal traffic, said the officials who inspected the damaged road portion today.

An official of the state PWD said that manpower and machineries have been pressed to service to restore the traffic by constructing a temporary by-pass road.

It will take at least five days to complete construction and cutting of hills would be needed for construction of a permanent road.

As land has to be acquired for construction of the permanent road, the DC has initiated talks with the land owners. Around 20 houses will be affected by the construction of the new road, the official said. 

Meanwhile, another landslide has cut-off some villages of interior Ukhrul district with the district headquarters.

The landslide occurred on saturday morning in the Halang area, totally blocking a district highway. 

The landslide cut-off some villages beyond the Halang area with the district headquarters, reports said.

A release of the India meteorological department, the earth sciences ministry and the regional meteorological department on Friday had alerted heavy rainfall in North-eastern region of India for the next 48 hours. 

The release predicted isolated heavy rainfall on October 23 to 26 in Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Tripura 

Since Friday, most rivers flowing through the valley districts of the state were above the flood warning level owing to the heavy to moderate rains over the past few days. 

Major rivers like the Imphal river, Nambul river and Nambol river passing through the Imphal valley were running above the warning level since yesterday morning. 

However, the level of the rivers receded somewhat after the opening of gates of the Ethai barrage that blocked the water from draining from Loktak lake.

The state government has deputed officials of the water resources department to monitor the opening of the gates, an official source said.

On the other hand, the incessant rain has caused widespread damage to harvest paddy crops ready to be harvested in most parts of the state as the fields were inundated with rain water.

 

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