Remal aftermath wreaks havoc in Assam, Manipur

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Remal aftermath wreaks havoc in Assam, Manipur

Saturday, 01 June 2024 | PNS | Imphal/New Delhi

About four lakh people have been affected in the northeastern States of Assam and Manipur, which have been hit by heavy rain and thunderstorms triggered by Cyclone Remal in the last few days."

A total of 1,88,143 people have been affected by floods in Manipur following incessant rainfall in the aftermath of Cyclone Remal, a State Minister said on Thursday.   It has also damaged at least 24,265 houses in the last few days, he said.

The Central Water Commission said six rivers in Assam and Manipur, including Brahmaputra, and Barak, are experiencing severe flooding, putting numerous districts in the region at risk.

Altogether 18,103 people have been evacuated and 56 relief camps were set up, Manipur Minister for Water Resources and Relief & Disaster Management Awangbou Newmai said. Around 401 hectares of crop have been affected, too, he said.

Relief materials have been distributed to Imphal East, Imphal West, Bisnupur, Noney, Churanchanpur, Senapati and Kakching, the Minister said.

Newmai said three persons have died and nine people suffered injuries, while one is missing due to the floods that hit the state on May 29.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh, in a social media post said breach of river embankments occurred at 18 spots of which 17 have been sealed.

In view of severe flooding caused by breaches in embankments along river banks, the government on Thursday declared a two-day public holiday for all state offices until May 31 and citizens have been urged to stay indoors unless faced with an emergency, according to an official notification.

According to CWC, the Brahmaputra river at Neamatighat in Assam's Jorhat district is flowing at 85.25 metres, which is 0.29 metres above its danger level of 85.54 metres, while the Barak river is in a severe situation.

In Assam, the Barak River continues to impact various districts. At Badarpur Ghat in Karimganj district, the river is at 18.13 metres, 1.28 metres above the danger level while at Annapurna Ghat in Cachar district, it is at 21.52 metres, 1.69 metres above the danger level. Altogether, six people have died in the flood, rain and storms in the state since May 28, they said.

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