Rain claims two lives in Manipur, destroys houses

first_imgTorrential rain, thunderstorms and hailstorms have claimed two lives in Manipur over the past five days. Thousands of tin-roof houses and standing crop in the North-East, particularly in Mizoram, Meghalaya and Manipur, have also been destroyed. There are reports of 10 persons sustaining injuries in rain-related incidents as well.Despite weather forecast that pre-monsoon rain accompanied by thunderstorms would end by Sunday, weather conditions remained unchanged on Monday.The Manipur government had formed an action committee about four days ago to tackle ‘artificial floods’ caused by stagnant rain water. However, funds are yet to be sanctioned for distribution of relief materials.“Relief materials in government stock are for drought victims,” said Manipur Consumer Affairs and Food Public Distribution Minister Karam Shyam.Displaced personsDisplaced persons who have been taking shelter at community halls and local clubs in absence of government relief camps are yet to get cooked food, drinking water and other relief materials.Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar, who toured some flood-affected areas and damaged houses on Monday, said, “Collectors have been instructed to submit a report.”However, the delay has angered affected persons. Some said they can’t understand what the action committee has been doing all these days since they are yet to see any sign of relief.Manipur Irrigation and Flood Control Minister Leppao Haokip, who toured some flood-affected areas in Imphal, said, “Artificial floods have been caused by the small dam located in Manipur University. In the larger interest of the people, this dam should be demolished today [on Monday] itself so that water drains away.”According to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, the region is expected to see more rain and thunderstorms.last_img

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