A team of the National Disaster Response Force reached Joumol village in Manipur Sunday and rescued 3 more people, a day after a massive landslide hit the small hamlet with 10 households and 74 inhabitants near the Myanmar border.
At the time of the landslide there were 18 people present at the village, which falls under Chandel district’s Khengjoi sub-division.
The Assam Rifles had rescued four villagers from the disaster site Saturday, while other three had managed to move to safer ground when disaster hit taking the total number of survivors to ten. Eight villagers were still missing. Officials said their fate was yet to be ascertained.
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The National Highway in Chandel district, which connects Imphal city to the Indo-Myanmar border town of Moreh and further to Myanmar, caved in at two points including at Paraolon, where a battalion of the 6 Dogra Rifles was ambushed by militants earlier in June.
Meanwhile, villagers from Senam and Tengnoupal vacated their houses to move to safer locations. While landslides also hit houses in Hollenjang, Wayang and Tuitung villages in Chandel, 26 houses at PM Dingpi village were swept away due to heavy heavy rainfall.
Incessant showers have lashed Manipur over the past one week causing floods in different districts across the state.
Overflowing Imphal and Thoubal rivers flooded certain areas of the main Imphal city, including Singjamei, Lamphelpat and Langol.
Hotel Imphal had to be shut down due to flooding. More than 40 villages in the Sugnu Assembly constituency were reportedly flooded due to the swollen Chakpi river.
The state government, meanwhile, had set up relief camps in Thoubal and Chandel districts for displaced villagers.
The Imphal-Ukhrul road caved in by three feet and over a stretch of 50 metres at the Naga gate near Ukhrul district hospital, Hungdung halting movement of all heavy vehicles.
The Kamjong-Ukhrul road, Manipur’s second approach road to Myanmar that connects 30 villages in the area, remained cut off for three continuous days due to landslides and heavy rainfall.
Villages located near Manipur river – Serou, Nungou, Chairel, Thongyam and Tangjeng Khunjao — were also flooded and hundreds of families forced to take shelter in forest rest houses in the area and with neighbouring villagers of the Churachandpur district.
The water level, meanwhile, started receding in both the Imphal valley as well as the hill districts Sunday morning.
Apart from displacing villagers, the flooding in nearly all of Manipur’s nine districts submerged huge tracts of paddy fields. In Churachandpur, some 1300 hectares of paddy fields remained inundated despite receding waters.
14 districts and population of about 40 lakh affected
5 people lost their lives, 4.8 lakh people affected in 7 districts