Guwahati, June 13: Torrential rain in the north-eastern parts of the country triggered flash floods and landslides devastating states like Manipur and Mizoram, official reports said on Tuesday. Tens of thousands of people were displaced as the entire Imphal Valley, constituting 40 of the state’s 60 Assembly constituencies, submerged.
Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh told The New Indian Express, “The situation is critical. Almost the entire Imphal Valley resembles a sea. Some hill districts have been also badly affected by landslides. We are trying to rescue people and give relief to them. We are assessing the situation.”
Singh added that the national highway connecting Manipur with southern Assam’s Barak Valley has been heavily damaged in the landslide, making the route impassable. Further, the All India Radio (AIR) located in the Palace Compound, Imphal East submerged, resulting in the suspension of radio services since this morning. The floods have also disrupted the electricity services.
On Wednesday, all the Educational institutes and government offices in the valley were shut down. Official sources stated that many river embankments were caving in at various places since the rivers started flowing above the danger level.
The flash floods and landslides left hundreds of families in the four districts of Mizoram (including Aizawl) in trouble.
The state government announced a two-day holiday as the landslides blocked the roads, creating a traffic.”The road to Lengpui Airport, which remained blocked due to landslides, was cleared on Tuesday evening,” said Mizoram Minister Lalthanzara to The New Indian Express. Lalthanzara added, “The people suffered a lot as the landslides occurred in more than 40 places in four districts. Around 80 per cent of the blockage has been cleared.”
Parts of Assam were also affected by the floods. So far 124 people have been rescued by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) in this district. The National Highway 37 near the Kaziranga National Park inundated when Difolu river overflowed. The flash floods swept away houses and displaced several families residing in the Karimganj district of Barak Valley.