After Sekmai dam collapse, Litan Bridge caves in as incessant rain wreaks havoc in State

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Parts of Litan Bridge which was were left standing after the bridge collapsed.
Parts of Litan Bridge which was were left standing after the bridge collapsed.

IMPHAL, July 30: Owing to incessant heavy shower of rains for the last few days, large portion of pavements of the rivers flowing in the district, caved in, thereby causing artificial flood in the district.

The excessive water which flowed out from the rivers has also inundated many residential houses, vast acres of paddy fields and fish farms.

Due to overflowing of water from Wangjing River under Wangjing-Tentha Constituency, many roads, residential houses and paddy fields have been submerged, arising need for prompt intervention.

The Wangjing High School-Wangjing Houdamba Leikai Road had been totally submerged in water, affecting normal activities of the people residing in the area. As for Wangjing Tekcham Leikai, JCB vehicles have been put to use to let the overflowing water pass through paddy fields.

Passage through the RCC Litan Bridge built over the Wangjing River near the BSF Post at Heirok Part II, has also been breached due to strong current of the overflowing water from the river.

The bridge which connects Heirok Part III, Konaiton, Thamlai and Inganglok village was inaugurated on December 7, 2009.

Four wooden bridges built along the Heirok River have also been washed away by the flood water.

Since early morning today, residents of Wangjing SK Leikai came out in large number and tried to stop the overflowing water from entering the locality. They managed the task only in the noon.

MLA of Wangjing-Tentha Constituency Paonam Brojen visited the area to take stock of the disturbing situation. He accompanied with JCB and Tata Dipper vehicles to be used in blocking the water.

BSF personnel posted at Wangjing Tekcham, Councillors and Members of Wangjing Municipal Council Ward No 5 and 6, social worker Haobam Roben and members of Youth Volunteer Association also arrived to extend help in stopping the water from entering the area.

It may be mentioned that around 2000 acres of paddy fields and fish farms in Tentha village have been submerged in water flown out from Wangjing River following the heavy downpour of rains for the last few days. Many residential houses and paddy fields in Sangaiyumpham area have also been inundated.

Also, due to sudden breakage of pavement of Sekmai River, residential houses at Keirak, Wabagai Leirak Achouba and Wabagai Tera Urak have been submerged in water. Residents of the areas have moved out to safer places for taking shelter.

It may be mentioned that on the morning of July 24, residents of Awang Sekmai had found parts of the Sekmai dam constructed over the Imphal River under the River Lift Irrigation (RLI) Scheme under the Minor Irrigation department collapsed and carried away by the strong currents of the river.

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