State's major rivers in spate, Imphal river bank sinks

STAFF REPORTER IMPHAL, 22nd Oct: With incessant rainfall lashing the state since Saturday, major rivers coursing through Imphal have started flowing at highest level thereby causing fear among the people of the state of facing yet another flood. Sinking of Imphal River banks at three different places has also been reported.

According to reports received from IFCD, the incessant rainfall which hit the state since Saturday had increased the water level of Imphal River and is currently flowing at the highest flood level of 787.825 (ASL) metres. However, the water level remained stagnant since 6pm Sunday.

The rainfall from 4pm of Saturday to 4pm of Sunday was recorded at 89.3 mm as per record maintained by ICMR.

Sinking of Imphal river banks over a distance of 100 metres have been reported at three different places. However, breaching of the river bank has been prevented following timely intervention by locals and IFC department.

The areas where Imphal river bank has sunken include Singjamaei Kshetri Leikai and Singjamei bazar. The third place is Janmasthan area where the locals along with the IFC department staff have managed to control possible breaching of the river bank.

The water level of Nambul River, which flows through the heart of Imphal city, was also recorded at highest flood level but not yet reached the danger level. At some places, water from the river overflowed and flooded nearby low lying areas.

Iril and Thoubal Rivers were also recorded to be flowing at their highest flood level. However, there has been no report of overflowing as of now.

In order to control the situation, the IFCD has opened one sluice gate of Ithai barrage up to a level of 3.5 metres. The Ethai barrage was normally opened at 1.5 metres only. Another two gates of the barrage would be opened as and when required, the reports added.

Meanwhile, various low laying areas in Imphal city have experienced water logging.

Both sides of the road in Babupara, Khwairamband Keithel, Palace Compound, Shri Shri Govindajee Temple, eastern side of Burma Road (NH-2) in Kakwa, Sagolband Moirang Leirak along Imphal-Jiri Road, Uripok, Lamphelpat, Langol foothills, Checkon road and DM College campus have been flooded.

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