Residents flee as floods, mudslides hit Manipur hill station again
Unrelenting heavy rain wreaked havoc across Manipur’s Senapati district bordering Nagaland in the early hours of Saturday, causing flash floods in the normally gentle Barak riverbeds of the hilly district and forcing many villagers to flee to safer places.
The difficulties rose with mudslides blocking the traffic along the National Highway 2. There was no report of any human casualty.
An orphanage was washed away due to flash floods at Karong, while mudslides destroyed at least 20 houses at Chakhumei, both located along NH-2 in Senapati district.
Another mudslide covering a stretch of nearly 90 feet at Makhan Tabio, about 90km north of Imphal along the same route, blocked the traffic, forcing many outgoing trucks to return. Some Imphal-bound passenger buses and trucks were stranded near Mao gate, according to reports.
Many houses at Karong, a small hamlet on the bank of Barak river 65 km north of Imphal, were submerged due to sudden rise of water level and at least four houses of a colony in Senapati district headquarters, 60 km north of Imphal, were badly affected by flood waters, said sources.
“Now we are trying to take shelter at a junior school and a hostel in Karong area as flood waters washed away everything,” Robin Raomai, a functionary of Compassionate Children Ministry orphanage, told HT over phone. “We are requesting the authorities to extend necessary help.”
Senapati district deputy commissioner Athem Muivah said the district administration had provided 112 blankets, 27 rice bags,60 kg of cereal, 30 kg each of sugar and salt besides other essential relief material to the affected orphanage.
“We are also planning to distribute relief materials to the affected villagers, besides taking up other necessary steps,” Muivah added.
The flood in Senapati is the deadliest in the last three decades, M Thowo, a resident of Church Road Colony in the district, told HT over phone.
All the DCs have been advised to take necessary steps to mitigate the impending flood situation in the state and make the 24X7 district control room operational to attend to distress calls as very heavy rainfall is likely to occur in the state in the next 72 hours.
Senapati district had witnessed heavy rainfall (40.8mm) within one hour (12-1am), according to State environment directorate reports.
Manipur has been witnessing frequent flash floods after Cyclone Mora hit the state in May. The state has suffered losses of about Rs 213.71 crore, according to the damage assessment done.
So far, 19 people have lost their lives and nearly 85,226 hectares of agriculture land has been affected.