Situation aggravates in Manipur as rains continue for third day
Manipur government on Wednesday has declared a holiday for all Government offices and educational institutions, including private sectors under the government as flood, hits most part of Imphal city.
The sustained rains that started Monday morning have overflowed most of the major rivers that run through Imphal city, particularly the Imphal and Nambul rivers.
Early Wednesday morning, the Imphal river overflowed and breached its bank submerging large residential areas including VIP colonies housing the chief secretary of Manipur, DGP Manipur and other top bureaucrats, under Imphal East district. The district came to a grinding halt with overflowing water, flooding the streets of its commercial hub. Educational institutes and Government offices were also closed as flood water submerged the institutions. The power supply in most parts of the districts affected by the flood was cut off as safety measures.
Radio service of All India Radio (AIR) Imphal was also suspended as flood hit the office complex.
Similarly, business activities also came to a grinding halt, in the heart of Imphal city as Nambul river overflowed and breached its banks in several places.
According to Irrigation and Flood Control Department(IFCD), most of the valley districts particularly Imphal east district is largely affected by the flood as the rivers in the districts continued to overflow in several places.
Attributing the flood situation to incessant rainfall in catchment areas, the department recorded 147 mm of rainfall in Jiribam, 75 mm in Kangpokpi and 47 mm in Saikul (catchment areas).
The government has pressed into action rescue workers to start evacuating people trapped in the flood-affected areas to safety besides setting up relief camps in several places.
The continuous rain also triggered landslides in many parts of hill districts. A huge crack developed in the National Highway-37, Imphal-Jiribam road, near Kotlen in Noney district, cutting off the highway completely.
The Manipur government on Tuesday issued a flood alert predicting heavy rainfall till June 15 and possibilities of landslides.