Major rivers in full spate, banks breached

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 12th June: Incessant rainfall since Monday has led to sharp rise in the water level of major rivers of the state, especially Nambul, Thoubal and Nambol rivers which are flowing at danger level, with risk of breaching embankments.
As per information obtained from the Flood Control Room of Water Resources Department (WRD), Nambul river is flowing at 783.225 metres above mean sea level, Nambol river at 783.225 metres and Thoubal river at 780.325 metres. The water level of Imphal river is also slowly rising, flowing at 786.500 metres above mean sea level while Iril river is flowing at warning level.
In the past two days, rainfall registered 34 mm at Kangpokpi, the origin of Imphal River while at Saikul, the rainfall was recorded 27 mm. However, at Litan, the origin of Thoubal River, rainfall was recorded at 26mm while at Jiribam it rained 37.20 mm, Lamphel 15mm and Raj Bhavan 30mm.
The Sluice Gate no-II and IV of Ithai Barrage have been opened to about 3 metres and Gate no-III to just about 4 metres to ensure free flow of the excess water from rivers.
Around 50 houses in Khumbong Awang, Mayai and Makha Leikai area have been reportedly inundated due to overflowing of Maklang river.
Local sources said that the overflowing of water from Maklang river is mainly due to inappropriate size of the bridge at Khumbong Keithel, construction of many MI dams between Khumbong and Khaidem, and illegal constructions along the bank of the river.
Even as Konthoujam MLA Dr Sapam Ranjan extended assistance to the flood affected families, Imphal West Students' Club, Khumbong has appealed to the authority concerned to look into the flood woes and take up immediate necessary measures to prevent further flood situation.
Kshetrigao MLA Nahakpam Indrajit along with engineers and WRD officials inspected the sunken banks of Kongba River at Kongpal Khaidem Leikai area under Kshetrigao AC on Tuesday.
After assessing conditions of the river bank, which has been sunken at seven locations from Kongpak Iranpham Thongkhong to Laikhuram Mandop area, the MLA assured to take up immediate measures to prevent further breaching of the river bank after consulting the WRD minister and officials as well as the chief minister.


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