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Thousands of houses submerged by flood in Manipur

Thousands of houses submerged by flood in Manipur

Imphal, May 29 (UNI) Thousands of houses all over the state were inundated by flood as Cyclone Remal hit Manipur since Monday.
The historic Kangla fort was also flooded as police, volunteers took out the aged and children from the affected houses towards safe place.
Over a lakh people were taking shelters at relief centres according to a volunteer, who was taking out infants to safer places.
Cyclone Remal has left a trail of disaster, fallen trees, uprooted houses, landslides. All the rivers flowing in the state specially Nambul, Iril, Imphal were all flowing at the danger levels.
Manipur Governor Anusuiya Uikey said incessant rainfall due to cyclone Remal over the past 48 hours has severely disturbed the lives of people of Manipur.
The low-lying areas of Valley and Hill Districts have been heavily submerged. Additionally, landslides on state and National Highways 37 and 2 have disrupted the main routes for transporting essential commodities, severely affecting their supply across the state.
She said, " deeply concerned and saddened by the damage to homes and properties in both the Valley and Hills Districts.
In light of these events, I urge all citizens to remain calm and refrain from panicking. The State Government is committed to taking all necessary measures to prevent the situation from worsening and to extend all possible assistance to those affected. All citizens are requested to stay informed through official channels for updates and follow the guidance provided by local authorities. Together, we will overcome these challenges."
A high alert has been sounded and all working in essential services were asked not to take leave to meet any eventuality. To maintain water level a gate of the Ethai Barrage was opened.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh said in a social media platform. “We are closely monitoring the situation, and any further openings will be done in consultation with the Water Resources Department (WRD) and the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC). Our official teams are working tirelessly around the clock to manage this situation effectively and ensure the safety of the people.”
As the water levels of the rivers were increasing gradually, thousands of people living beside Imphal, Nambul, Iril rivers were evacuated to safer places. Local clubs and youth bodies arranged sandbags to protect the river walls from breaking.
Both national highways were completely cut off. The Imphal Mao was earlier cut off since May 2023 by various Kuki organizations while the other highway Imphal Jiribam was cut off on Tuesday due to landslide and a truck fell into a gorge as the highway was washed off at Sinam village. The driver had managed to jump down.
State highways connecting Imphal to the districts were also affected as landslides were reported in most parts of the state highways.
The government has ordered closure of all educational institutes from May 29 to 31.

UNI NS KK

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