Rains trample hope for bumper rice harvest

STAFF REPORTER/CORRESPONDENT IMPHAL/TML, 30th Oct: Due to incessant rainfall for the last two consecutive days, harvested crops, especially rice plants have been ruined leaving the farmers of Noney district in a dilemma while in the valley districts continuous drizzling has battered standing crops and inundated vast tract of plantation sites.

The unseasonal rainfall for the past many hours is also creating a sense of uncertainty among the farmers as their paddy fields with ripe crops have been inundated in different parts of the state.

On account of inundation of the paddy fields with ripe crops over and above the frequent flood situation that was witnessed across the state this year, sense of insecurity over food-grain shortage has started to create anxiety among the farmers and the general populace.

According to Indian Meteorological Department, Manipur received 44 mm of rainfall on Monday. Major rivers of the state are flowing at safe level with exception to Nambul River, which has reached warning level by Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, reports from department of water resource and flood control stated that Kangpokpi, where Imphal River originates, recorded 28 mm of rainfall on Monday. Source of Thoubal river at Litan recorded 20 mm rainfall while source of Iril River at Saikul recorded 17 mm rainfall.

In some areas of Noney, paddy fields have been inundated by overflowing water from irrigation canals, thereby causing damage to the harvested plants.

Worried farmers fear of losing their harvested crops and sought the attention of government for extending necessary assistance. This is the second time that incessant rainfall has caused destruction to harvested crops in Noney district this year.

Though no major rain-related mishaps such as landslide had been reported from any part of the state as the time of filing this report, a loaded civil truck moving from Dimapur to Imphal on NH-02 got stuck in a ditch astride the road near Makhan village close to Maram battalion.

The highway was briefly blocked and movement of vehicle restricted due to traffic jam. Maram Battalion immediately despatched a QRT with recovery vehicles and reached the spot of blockade. After toiling hard for four hours, the civil truck was successfully recovered and the road reopened for traffic, a release said.

Apart from Manipur, many northeast states have been lashed by thundershower and rainfall during the last 24 hours. Heavy to very heavy rain occurred over Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and South Assam during the past day.

As per weathermen at Skymet Weather moderate rains with a few heavy spells are likely to continue over Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Nagaland, eastern parts of Assam and South Arunachal Pradesh. The hefty showers are likely to continue for the next 24 hours.

Thereafter the cyclonic circulation will weaken and rains will decrease significantly over the region. However scattered light rains will continue over the states for the next two to three days.

After two to three days the northeasterly winds will strengthen and the moisture feed will cut off leading to dry weather conditions across Northeast India. The weather will remain cloudy and pleasant during the next two days. The maximum and minimum temperatures will also reduce marginally.

These rains can be attributed to a cyclonic circulation which is persisting over eastern parts of Bangladesh.

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