Overnight rainfall leaves many longing for Govt aid

STAFF REPORTER/CORRESPONDENT IMPHAL, 24th Oct: The overnight torrential rainfall that lashed the state on the day of Ningol Chakkouba on October 21 left several places and ready-to-harvest paddy crops either inundated or damaged while many affected people have called for assistance from the government.

After the damage caused to paddy crops by torrential rainfall in Ukhrul district was reported, another report of similar situation has come in from Noney district where torrential rains for the last three days devastated vast tracts of paddy crops ready to be harvested.

Some portions of the paddy field with ripe crops have been completely damaged while many are expected to suffer heavy loss. The productivity of food grains would decline due to the damage caused to standing paddy plants. Distraught over the situation, farmers of Noney have drawn the attention of the authority concerned to look into the matter and take up necessary measures for providing assistances to them.

On the other hand, residents of Uchiwa Soibam Leikai are facing hardships after around 50 metres of the Imphal River bank was breached, thereby inundating several paddy fields and fish farms.

Reports from IFCD said that the breach of Imphal River bank at Uchiwa area began from Monday afternoon. Initially, the local residents managed to mend the breach. However, more breaches developed in the evening making it impossible for the locals to handle the situation.

The department has made all preparations to repair the breached bank and officials are hoping that they would be able to contain the situation by Wednesday as water level will recede by then.

Meanwhile, some people are of the opinion that it would take about a week for the water level of Imphal River to recede to safe level since several streams and tributaries fall into the river. However, the government is making it sure to keep the gates of Ithai Barrage open until the water level recedes. Three gates of Ithai Barrage are still being kept open.

At the same time, residents of Nongmeibung Chakpram Leirak are complaining of government apathy towards the area, which has been inundated following the overnight torrential rainfall on Ningol Chakkouba day.

Some residents told The People’s Chronicle that it is the ninth time that the locality got waterlogged this year. But no government officials have ever come to help them. Even the local MLA did not visit the area despite facing flood-like situation on numerous occasions.

Stating that people of the area especially students are facing immense hardships due to water logging, the residents appealed to the state government and its authority concerned to look into the matter and take up necessary remedial measures.

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