Rivers closing on danger level, NDRF rushes team

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Rivers closing on danger level, NDRF rushes team

Imphal, June 14 2017: Most of the rivers in Manipur are flowing close to danger levels today as heavy rains continued to lash the state for the last couple of days. The monsoon rain continued to wreak havoc in some states of Northeast including Manipur.

In Mizoram, eight persons were killed and other six were reported missing after flash floods.A least 250 houses were washed away by flash floods in the border village of Tlabung in Lungeli district of southern Mizoram bordering Bangladesh on Tuesday.

Imphal river section at Keirang breached in the morning after the torrent broke through the embankment.But a temporary dike was built to prevent from more flooding in the area, a report said.

Though the water levels of Imphal river and Nambul river was gradually receding in most places, some parts of low lying section of the Imphal river after Lilong area were still facing a threat of flood as the water was flowing above the danger level.

A major breach erupted at the confluence of Imphal river and Thoubal river at Chabung Company in Mayang Imphal late in the morning. According to reports, the residents first noticed a spring of water gushing out inside the temple compound of Ibudhou Wangbarel Lairembi.

At round 10.30 the torrent assumed menacing proportion and the retaining wall on the bank of the river behind the temple caved in completely letting out large volume of fast moving water towards the western side.

The surge of the water was such that the top layer of bitumen on the road was scraped away. According to the latest reports, the overflowing water had inundated more than 100 houses and around 1000 acres of agricultural fields and fish farms.

In some parts, the river water had crossed over to Imphal-Mayang Imphal road, some two kilometers from the breach. Local residents were seen making an all out effort to fix the breach using earth moving machines and metal poles. However, they were unable to contain the overflow till last report.

The affected villagers were taking refuge on higher grounds and concrete roads after towing away their house-hold items and valuables. The report said residents were building floodwalls in Lilong Arapti section, the confluence of the rivers Imphal and Iril, to control water overflowing from the Imphal river.

Catchment areas of the rivers in the state received heavy rain causing water to flow above the danger level. A man was washed away by river in Kangpokpi district where several houses and bridges were damaged due to heavy shower which wreaked havoc life across the district yesterday.

Meanwhile, a team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has arrived in Imphal to help tackle any flood situation. Officials said the NDRF has geared up to tackle any flood situation in the state. The MET office, meanwhile, has predicted more heavy rain in the Northeast.

Source: Imphal Times

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