2 killed in Manipur rains

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Imphal, March 31 (IANS) Two people were killed due to torrential rains in Manipur, police said on Friday.

Nilakanta Das, 45, was killed on Thursday in Jiribam by lightning. The second victim died when a truck skidded into a gorge alongside a slippery mountain road in Tamenglong district.

The heavy rains will continue for the next 48 hours accompanied by strong winds and hailstorm, the weather office said.

For three days, the northeastern region has been reeling under torrential rains.

Reports from rural areas say cabbage and other vegetables have been extensively damaged by hailstorm.

The rains have also caused several flights to be delayed or cancelled. Private bus services have stopped long-distance journeys.

–IANS

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