Cold wave hits Manipur hard
Imphal, Jan. 7 (EMN): Manipur has started to experience a cold wave with the mercury plunging to 4.4 degree Celsius in Imphal on Sun., according to the Regional Meteorological Centre in Guwahati.
Residents in Imphal have been feeling chilly winds for the past two days. The maximum temperature recorded was 21.7 degrees, sources in the ICAR said. The minimum temperature in the state particularly in Imphal, which has been hovering around 8-7 degree Celsius since Jan. 4, has gradually gone down since Fri. (7.3) and Sat. (6.4).
Severe cold wave conditions also prevailed in the hill district headquarters particularly in Ukhrul and Senapati district headquarters for the past three-four days. With the sudden fall in temperature, the use of charcoal is said to be on the rise, according to charcoal traders in the state.
Meanwhile a mild earthquake of magnitude 5.6 on the richter scale rocked the entire state of Manipur and parts of the Northeast region on Sun.
However there was no report of any damage or human casualty during the day’s tremor which was reported at around 12.17pm.
“We’re having a traditional community feast when the earthquake occurred in the state,” said a resident of Singjamei Chirom Leikai locality in Manipur’s Imphal West district. “But we’re not aware of the damage or casualty because of it.”
The epicentre of the earthquake was located about 98 km east of the Manipur University seismological observatory and 7 km south east of Yele village under Hkamti district in neighbouring Myanmar’s Saigang division located on the eastern bank of Chinwin river, Myanmar, according to Principal Investigator Prof Arun Kumar of seismological observatory, department of earth science, Manipur University. The depth of the earthquake is estimated about 20km.
Manipur was hit by a powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake on January 4, 2016 and killed at least eight persons injuring more than 50 other besides damaging more than 500 buildings and structures across the state of Manipur.