Flash flood may hit Manipur again amidst the already existing food crisis in the wake of torrential rains as major rivers started to overflow out of their course, forcing people living near its banks to shift to safer areas on Wednesday.
Due to heavy rainfall, Iril, Imphal and Thoubal rivers which pass through the important valley districts, known as rice bowl of the state, suddenly increased on Wednesday. This forced the state Irrigation and Flood Control (IFC) department officials to monitor the situation closely. The Manipur River also began to overflow t various locations due to the sudden increase in water levels in the wake of heavy rains in upper hills of Ukhrul and Senapati districts.Two houses were washed away in Rikhumai Taphou in Senapati on Tuesday.
Imphal East is also hit by the rains, where more than 14,000 hectares of paddy fields were submerged in the third round of flood.
“We’re facing untold miseries after the flood water destroying our crops for the second time.Floods hit the first plantation in June first week,” says S Gambhir Mangang, a resident of Lamlai area. “Now we do not know what to do as we’re yet to get any support from the government.”
According to reports, so far nearly 40,000 hectares of agricultural land, which is about 20% of Manipur’s total agriculture area (1.95 lakh hectare), has been affected by floods. In view of the development, the state agriculture department had assured that the short duration (100 days) rice variety seeds (RCM-10 and RCM-12) will be distributed to the needy flood affected farmers in the state.
State Agriculture Department officials also informed that they’ll have to purchase other alternative crops if the flood water continues to remain till August.
The rain has also put a halt in the traffic, affecting highways.