Manipur: Churachandpur reels under flood, landslide

CCpur/Spt, June 26 2022: Even as several low-lying areas located in close proximity with water bodies are reportedly inundated with flood water in Churachandpur, a massive landslide caused extensive damage to an agricultural land located between Purul and Koide in Purul sub-division, Senapati district.

It is reported that the flood situation in Churachandpur district worsened early yesterday at about 3 am following a non-stop downpour last night.

Several areas have been water-logged for the past few days but it took a worse turn today as at least 40 families have been evacuated at Zoumunnuam alone.

At Meitei Christian Leikai where about 23 households are affected by the rising water level, a good number of poultry was lost during the midnight surge in water level.

The flood has also forced 35 households at Nazareth Veng and 12 others at Kerith to take refuge at a safer place.

Reports of water gushing into the living quarters of many have also been reported at Neihsial Veng, New Zou Veng, and PCI Colony Zenhang Lamka.

Roughly about 200 households are estimated to have abandoned their houses while another 100 that are partially touched by the flood will need evacuation if the water level continues to surge.

Several NGOs and philanthropic organisations have lent their hands in shifting household goods and providing relief materials to the affected people.

The district administration is also understood to have stepped up relief efforts by setting up relief camps and providing essential items to those affected in collaboration with the local NGOs.

Deputy Commissioner Sharath Chandra Arroju has already assigned a nodal officer to monitor the situation.

He has also requested the CEO ADC Churachandpur and all the SDOs to clear drainages/nullahs alongside roads to prevent clogging in view of the incessant rain which it said is causing flash floods in many areas.

Additionally, the DC has also asked the SDOs and BDOs to provide immediate relief such as rice, dal, salt, oil and packaged drinking water to the flood affected households.

They are also instructed to coordinate with medical officials and take note of rise in water-borne and communicable diseases and take adequate measures to mitigate any possible outbreak.

To avoid contamination of drinking water, the SDOs and BDOs are also instructed to coordinate with the PHED officials.

The DC has also instructed the EE Khuga Spillway and Intake Division to check all spillway and canals and report any probable breaches of embankments and provide prior information regarding closing and opening of Khuga Dam to his office, the SDOs concerned, the general public and also to cause wide publicity.

With the weatherman still projecting a widespread downpour in the coming days, the situation appears to be grim.

“If the water level does not recede in the coming days, it will be impossible for me and my villagers to have a peaceful sleep,’ said chief of Nazareth Veng, Ngulzathang today.

Meanwhile, a massive landslide damaged more than one acre of land and a house belonging to D Victor s/o Danii of Purul Atongba village in Senapati district.

The land was utilised as an agricultural farm where different vegetables including turmeric, cardamom, tree bean and oranges were planted.

There are two fishery ponds within the area and they have been totally destroyed by the landslide.

Nonetheless, there is no report of any human casualty.

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