Monday, May 23, 2022

Heavy rains wreak havoc in Manipur, 2 dead


Normal traffic along NH-37, the second lifeline of Manipur came to a complete halt after incessant heavy rains wreaked havoc in Manipur.
The rains triggered waterlogging, flooding and landslides in several areas of the state, besides claiming lives of two persons in vehicle mishaps induced by the heavy rains.
Hill districts of Tamenglong and Noney suffered the worst as most of the landslides and flash floods caused widespread damages to the road communication in these districts.
Hundreds of Imphal-bound vehicles, including loaded trucks and passenger service vehicles were stranded midway after a bailey bridge on NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road) collapsed on Thursday afternoon.
The bridge collapsed after the pillar of the bridge across the Irang River was washed away by swift water current of the river around 1.30pm on Thursday.
Prior warning of the security personnel on duty near the bridge averted untoward incident that could have occurred due to the collapse.
The security forces prevented vehicles from crossing the bridge after they detected rocks and muds at the pillar of the bridge washed away rapidly by the swift current, around 11 am.
State works minister K Govindas said that National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL), the agency responsible for the maintenance of the road and bridges of the highway has been advised to take up necessary works for repairing the damaged bridge.
While assuring repairing works as soon as possible, the minister said that engineers of the state PWD will also be sent to the spot to assist the NHIDCL in their efforts to resume normal traffic at the earliest.
“I have also instructed engineers of the PWD to look into the feasibility of using Old Cachar Road as an alternative road for the time being,” he added.
However, he said that as the level of the water was rising rapidly, repairing work might not be taken up immediately.
Informing that heavy mudslides also cut off many state highways in the hill districts, the minister said that officials of the state PWD department were directed to clear debris with all available machinery of the department.
He said that landslides, mudslides and rockslides occurred at various locations along Imphal-Tamei Road, one of the main roads that connect Tamenglong district with other parts of the state.
The works minister blamed heavy deforestation in the state, particularly in hill areas for causing natural calamities in the state.
“If we don’t stop felling of trees immediately, we will be facing more disastrous consequences,” he warned.
On the other hand, owing to the heavy and continuous rainfall in the last few days, normal life across the Noney and Tamenglong districts were affected severely.
Major rivers like Barak, Makru, Irang, Ijei and Leimatak flowing through these districts are running above the danger levels and the currents are rising rapidly, reports said.
Several wooden and temporary bridges across the rivers were washed away by the swift currents disconnecting many villages in the interior areas from other parts of the state.
Another report said that heavy mudslides damaged around 100 meters of stretch of road connecting Tousem sub-division with Tamenglong district headquarters.
In the meantime, two lives were claimed in vehicle mishaps due to heavy rainfalls, while one is missing.
Reports said that the driver of a truck loaded with wheat died as the truck he was driving skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge at Tadubi in Senapati district along NH-2 this afternoon, around 2 pm.
The body of the driver was recovered by the police who swung into rescue operation immediately. However, his handyman was missing. The police feared that he was swept by the flood current of the gorge.
In another incident, an occupant of a car died and four others were injured when their car suffered a head-on collision with a water tanker. The mishap occurred at Lamshang along Imphal-Kangchup Road around 7 pm on Wednesday.
The police attributed the vehicle mishap to the heavy rain at the time of the incident. The incessant heavy rainfall also caused flash floods at various low lying areas across the valley districts, including the streets in the capital city.

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