Floods in Manipur render several families homeless, 21 dead

At least 21 dead due to landslide in Khenjoy (Manipur) near Myanmar border on Saturday evening. Floods in Manipur hit four districts of Thoubal, Chandel, Imphal East and Imphal West even as the administration is trying hard to provide relief materials. As many as four bridges in Chandel and Thoubal districts were reported to be washed away by flood waters.

Locals in the area reported that moderate to heavy rainfall in the last few days resulted in several rivers flowing above the danger mark in the state. Low-lying areas in capital Imphal and its outskirts have been inundated. While home minister Rajnath Singh visited the state to review the situation, sources said that relief and rescue operation are yet to kick off in various interior areas of the state.

The overflowing rivers have flooded many parts of Thoubal and the adjoining Chandel districts and with water levels continuing to rise, residents have been moved to relief camps set up with the help of local MLAs. Angry locals have alleged that the state government has not done enough to help those affected by the floods. Many are left without drinking water, medicines and electricity supply.

Normal vehicular movement along the Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 has been disturbed after damages were caused to a bridge on Barak river.

Aerial Footage of Thoubal Flood 2015

 

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