Stranded goods trucks in Manipur resumes after landslide
Imphal, June 19 (EMN): Nearly 400 goods trucks which were stranded along the Imphal-Jiribam sector of the National Highway 37 following landslide, managed to move towards Imphal after completion of road repairing, sources said. Most of the goods trucks have already reached Imphal.
Earlier the goods trucks were stranded near Tupul in Noney district after the landslide and sudden sinking of the highway in between Sinam and Laijang villages in Imphal.
At the same time, the death toll in the flash flood has raised to eight with the recovery of a missing man’s dead body on Tuesday. The deceased Md. Riyajuddin went missing after he fell into the Imphal river at Lilong Haoreibi area on June 16.
The flood has also claimed lives of 400 animals and altogether 51,689 victims from 269 different flood affected villages. According to the Directorate of Relief and Disaster Management the flood also damaged 4,167 hectares of agricultural land and 23,463 houses in ten districts.
Around 50,372 people are taking shelter at 155 relief camps which were opened providing assistance and distributing relief materials. The central and state forces were deployed for immediate assistance of the victims.
“The flood situation in some parts of the state is improving although some areas are still inundated under flood water,” says state information and public relations department in a press release.
“The government is using all its machineries towards extending maximum help to the flood victims and is keeping a strict vigil to control the situation both in the hills and the valley,” added the source. However, fresh flash flood was reported at Khangabok area.
Responding to the governor of Manipur, Dr. Najma Heptulla urged for people to donate, many started to donate cash to the Governor’s and the Chief Minister’s relief funds for flood victims separately. On the other hand, the state health department has started to organise health camps across the flood affected areas while the district administration initiated distribution of relief materials.
Oxfam India also launched its response by providing clean water, hygiene kits, basic information etc., in Imphal East and Thoubal in Manipur. Himanshi Matta of Oxfam India said that they are planning to provide rice, dal, and edible oil once the stock arrives.