Heavy rain disrupts life in Manipur

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Imphal, April 6 (IANS) Six days of heavy rain in Manipur has breached portions of National Highway 37 and uprooted trees and electric poles in many areas. Reports of minor landslides have also comes in, but there was no human casualty, authorities said.

Deputy Chief Minister Y. Joykumar on Thursday distributed some consumer items to inmates of a relief camp at Langol within his Uripok constituency. He said, “The heavy downpour in the past six days has destroyed 29 houses at Langol, displacing 121 persons who are staying in the relief camp,” he said.

The rains caused a 20-feet long stretch of the Imphal-Tolloi road in Ukhrul district to subside on Wednesday evening making it impossible for vehicles to ply.

Police said that portions of National Highway 37 were breached at Nung Dollan in Tamenglong district. Border Roads Organisation employees cleared the debris and traffic was restored after some hours.

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There were reports of minor landslides along the NH 2 that passes through Nagaland. However, traffic was restored within a few hours.

Rains and strong winds had uprooted trees and felled or twisted electric poles and snapped the transmission lines disrupting power supply.

On Thursday, several areas were plunged in darkness while hundreds of houses, roads and playgrounds were submerged in the flash flood waters.

Hails and rains have destroyed the standing crop and vegetables.

There is distress sale of potato and green vegetables since these were damaged by rain waters and hail.

More rain accompanied by strong winds has been forecast for the next two days.

The government is collecting reports of the wide-spread damages in many parts of Manipur through the district collectors.

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