Storm destroys houses in Manipur

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Imphal, April 3 (IANS) Several houses were destroyed by a storm here while hundreds of others remain submerged in flood waters across Manipur, officials said on Monday.

The northeastern region has been reeling under torrential rains for the last four days.

According to the weather forecast, the rains were expected to stop by Sunday, but torrential rains accompanied by hailstorm continued to batter the region on Monday.

Deputy Chief Minnister Y. Joykumar on Monday visited some of the localities in Imphal which are submerged under flood waters.

“The collectors have been directed to submit a report so that the government could take up actions. Relief camps will be opened if need be,” Joykumar said.

The cabinet has decided to set up an action committee to tackle the floods.

Minister of Revenue, Relief and Rehabilitation, Food and Public Distribution Karam Shyam also visited the flood affected areas.

“Some relief materials were given out. The available stock is for the drought affected people. However, the government is making arrangements for all.”

In the absence of relief camps, many people whose houses’ tin roofs were blown away are staying in community halls and local youth clubs.

Meanwhile, levels of the state’s major rivers are increasing.

–IANS

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