NH-37 cut off by landslides; vehicles stranded

NH-37 cut off by landslides; vehicles stranded
One of the landslides along NH-37 in Manipur that disturbed normal vehicular movement on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 27 | Publish Date: 7/27/2019 11:12:18 AM IST

Normal vehicular movement along the Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 was disturbed on Saturday following landslides at as many as three places on the stretch of the highway in Manipur’s Noney district.

At least two residential houses were buried by one of the landslides at T Laijang village reportedly triggered early Saturday morning. No human casualty was reported.

As the landslide this year was heavy, the highway was totally buried by debris of the landslide leaving  hundreds of vehicles including Imphal-bound loaded trucks and inter-state buses stranded.

Landslides were reported at T Laijang, Laijang and Kotlen areas of the hilly terrain of the highway in hill districts of Noney. They occurredon Friday  night and Saturday morning.  Highway authority swung into action and  cleared the debris to resume normal traffic. Security force personnel assisted in clearing the roads.

The debris at T Laijang was also cleared and normal traffic resumed for few hours around 10 am. 

While convoys of CRFP escorting oil tankers of IOCL had crossed, the landslide once again occurred and buried the road, reports said.

Highway authority using their available machineries were heavily engaging in the debris clearance works and they expected opening the highway by late Saturday night  if there is no further rain.

The landslides were triggered by heavy to medium rainfalls in the hill districts of Noney and Tamenglong.

Even as scanty rainfalls are reported in other parts of the state,  the two districts have been receiving heavy to medium rainfalls in the last few days, reports said.

Landslides triggered by heavy rainfalls were recently reported in several parts of Tamenglong district.


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