Villages Under Water After Heavy Rain Lash Manipur

Manipur has been one of the most badly flood hit states in India this year. The situation got even worsened in some parts of Manipur with torrential rain flooding more villages and paddy fields and the Iril river flowing above the danger mark

According to the villagers though the rain had stopped in the valley districts there is still heavy downpour in the hill areas from where all the rivers originate.

Some villages at Naharup in Imphal east district and Urup and Arabati in Thoubal district were inundated along with some paddy fields.

Angry villagers said that no official and local legislators visited them. They elevated and strengthened the river banks using their own resources to check overflowing.

The main streets in the city areas at Sagolband and Uripok in Imphal west district are also flooded.

Farmers said they were hoping that after the floods there would be a bountful harvest. But they are now afraid that the verdant paddy fields will be destroyed by the current spell of rain.

They also said that they have not received any assistance from the government although the Central government had sanctioned money for flood victims in the northeast.

Earlier this year, cyclone Mora had hit the state in May which badly damaged important highways of the state.  The 110km Imphal-Mao sector of the National Highway 2 which is considered to be the lifeline of the state was also destroyed during that time.

The central government assured all help. Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari said that funds will be released for repairing of flood damaged National Highways in Manipur

Gadkari had also advised the state government to send suitable proposals for up gradation of roads to National Highways while discussing the matter relating to the improvement of road connectivity in Manipur.

Image Courtesy: PYC Manipur

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