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Mnp flood situation grim; CM inspects river banks

Nagaland Post 2018-06-13 23:53:00
Manipur CM N Biren inspecting the flood situation in Imphal on Wednesday. (NP)
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh inspected flood affected areas in Imphal along with state water resource minister Letpao Haokip on Wednesday and said all possible efforts have been put in by the government for early repairing of all the breached river embankments at different places of valley districts. The chief minister and water resource minister also personally supervised repairing of the breached embankment of Imphal River at New Checkon in Imphal. Talking to reporters during the inspection, Singh informed that state and Central forces personnel had been pressed into service to assist the locals in fighting the flood since early morning. He said a major breach that occurred at New Checkon area had caused flood to many localities. He said officials concerned had been trying to repair the breached portion and was hopeful that it would be accomplished late evening. The chief minister said that NH-37 (Imphal-Jiribam road) had also been cut off due to landslides caused by heavy downpour that lashed the State in the past three days. In this regard, National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL) officials have been asked to construct road diversions to restore normal traffic at the earliest. Earlier, Manipur government declared holiday for all government offices and educational institutions including public sector undertakings, corporations and autonomous bodies under the state government as floods its most parts of the Imphal city.  However, police, fire service, water resource, health & family welfare, hospitals, revenue departments, PWD, PHED, municipalities and deputy commissioners and SDOs excluded from the holiday. Educational institutions including government aided and private institutions in valley areas excluding Jiribam district will remain close on Thursday.  Torrential rain for the last few days triggered floods in the entire valley area and hill district Kangpokpi of Manipur, forcing thousands of people to take shelter in the relief camps opened at various places, particularly Imphal districts. All India Radio (AIR) Imphal has suspended its transmission temporarily as its campus in Imphal’s Palace Compound have been inundated as Imphal river overflowed and breached its bank submerging large residential areas.  There was no report of any flood related human casualty.