Ministers begin relief operations, Govt flayed
Source: The Sangai Express

Imphal, August 17: Thinking that itís never too late to start a good cause Ministers, local representatives and several public leaders have started surveying and setting up of relief camps for the flood affected people of the State while cries for Government's favorable approach to the suffering lingers.

People of some areas still continues to reel under one of the most severe floods in recent times that caused enormous loss of property besides claiming a couple of lives.

People began shifting to safer places with their belongings and cattle stock while relief camps have been set up at various places and medical check-ups conducted to prevent outbreak of diseases.

In Ucheckon and Khongman areas under Thongju assembly constituency tensions were running with people of a locality blocking waterways to prevent flooding of homes while the other insisting on opening the same to save their plantations and livestock.

MoS Family Welfare Bijoy Koijam besides supervising the overall relief operations rushed to the spot to quell the mob.

Water pumps have been provided at the area to sip out excess water.

Medical camp organized at Konthoujam Lairembi High School at Konthoujam assembly constituency treated persons, especially children from Konthoujam Lairembi, Konthoujam Mamang Leikai, Sagoltongba Makha Leikai and Sabal Leikai and medicines distributed free of cost.

The patients suffered from swelling of stomach, diarrhoea, fever and cough.

The camp established under the initiation of MLA Dr M Meinya will continue under the supervision of medical personnel.

He later visited flood affected areas in the constituency.

A relief camp has also been set-up at BT Road Congress Bhawan for people of all Kendras to report their woes and hardships due to flood.

Similar camps have been opened by Nambol Kendra Youth Congress and personnel of Medical Department at Nambol where food stuffs and medicines were distributed free of cost to the affected people.

A team of United Committee Manipur (UCM) today surveyed parts of flood hit of Imphal East district and heard the tales of sorrow of people.

People of Kongpal Khaidem Leikai said over 300 houses have been submerged and over 75 percent of paddy plantation still lying under water, adding that till date no Government assistance have been forthcoming.

A local youth organization supplied water tanker for the affected people.

Women nearing delivery dates have been provided shelter at safer places.

UCM in collaboration with the people will open a relief camp in the area, the team assured.

Later they visited flood affected villages of Lamlai area in the district where thousands of hectares of cultivable land are affected and people living in deplorable conditions due to lack of drinking water.

Accompanied by media-persons, Minister of State for Works Laishram Radhakishore visited villages of Bishnupur district affected by the flood.

He took first hand account of prevailing situation at Oinam, Keinou, Yumnam Khunou, Ngaikhong, Toubul, Khoijuman and Moirang as well as villages located near Loktak Lake.

Pisciculture farmers at the periphery of the Lake were the worst affected with water levels of their farm site same as the Lake itself.

Narrating their displeasure to mediapersons at the lackadaisical attitude of Government authorities for dereliction in taking up necessary measures the villagers lamented that no financial or material relief is provided till date.

With most rivers of the State finally culminating at Loktak Lake, people in nearby areas are starting to feel the pinch of flood with several residential places being submerged under water.

Problems of drinking water also abound in the low lying areas.

IFC Minister N Mangi and Wangkhem kendra MLA Nimaichand Luwang surveyed inundated areas of Andro and Wangkhem assembly constituencies.

MoS for Cooperation and MOBC Abdul Salam also conducted surveys of flooded areas of Wabagai Awang Leikai today.

Joining the rescue mission a team of Manipur Police Fire Service comprising of twelve members rescued over 180 persons from Lilong Haoreibi Mayai Leikai area.

Meanwhile, according to datas issued by Irrigation and Flood Control Department major rivers that wrecked havoc with over-flowing waters and breaching of banks receded considerably.

Imphal Bazar Communities Board appealed to businessmen and food agents to ensure adequate foodstocks at their godowns.

It also asked them to refrain from hiking prices of essential commodities.

Over a thousand hectares of paddy field and pisciculture farms site of Irong Chesaba and Irong Khunou under Wabagai assembly constituency are lying under water for the last many days.

According to press releases of various youth and women organisations the affected areas are Khelakhong, Khelakhong Khongjil under Mayang Imphal constituency, Moirangpurel in Imphal East district, Lamboi-khongnangkhong, Lampha Loukol, Khabi Maning and Mamang Loukol, Lamphelpat Loukol, Yarou Bamdiar Loukol, Khumbong Ikoupokpi Loukol, Khoyum Heingang Loukol, Lamlou Loukol, Kangla Loukol and Haorou Loukol in Imphal West district.

Road linking Itham with Moirangpurel has been severely damaged due to flood asking Department concerned to restore surface communication at the earliest.

Manipuri Students' Federation (MSF) blaming the Government for conniving with contractors in executing substandard works demanded that forthcoming panchayat elections be deferred in view of the flood situations.

All India Students' Federation (AISF), Moirang Zonal Council citing large number of people stranded in inaccessible areas due to flood demanded immediate provision of essential commodities.

A delegation of All Manipur Student's Union (AMSU) today visited flood affected people of Kshetrigao and taking into account severity of the situation decided to organize medical camps in the area in collaboration with Medical Department personnel.

Villagers also disclosed their sorrow and displeasure to the student organization on failure of State Government to provide relief materials even after the situation has taken a critical proportion.