CM surveys flood affected areas
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 16: Even as flood water started to recede in some part of the State, Thoubal district continues to hear the brunt of flood havoc with several houses washed away by overflowing river water and huge tracks of agricultural lands still lying under water for the last four/five days.

Rescue and relief operation has been started on a war footing with personal supervision of Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh accompanied by Irrigation and Flood Control Minister N Mangi.

They surveyed various worst affected areas of the district yesterday and distributed relief materials to the affected people.

A hundred and twenty feet long Sekmai river bank gave in to swift current near one L Manihar's residence leading to destruction of the individual's dwelling place as well as six other nearby houses while around seventy are submerged under water.

Repairing work on the breached river banks are being undertaken with personnel and machines of IFCD along with villagers both in the day and night.

IFC Minister N Mangi donated Rs 2000 to the people for expenditures in the work.

O Ibobi besides directing officials concerned for provision of relief materials like rice, dal and kerosenes also assured all possible measures under the CM's Relief Fund.

Almost entire paddy and pisciculture farm in the district are lying under water resembling a vast lake.

In Sangai Yumpham and Puleipokpi Makha Leikai Part-1 villagers with locally available materials were engaged in checking breaching by erecting bamboo poles at suspected weak Wangjing river banks.

Sixty feet long river bank caved in near the village inundating houses and agricultural land.

Narrating horrifying account of gushing water that swept several houses, residents near Lilong Leihaokhong said some persons were rescued by alert villagers and Assam Rifles personnel using boats.

Sixty feet long bank of Lilong river has been breached near the spot that wrecked houses adjacent to river banks and while over 50 houses of nearby area are submerged.