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Flash flood leaves many parts of Imphal valley submerged

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Imphal/Thoubal May 31: Heavy rainfall in the past three days in Manipur spread panic among residents after water bodies including rivers and lakes were swollen, causing flash flooding in many parts of Imphal valley.
It has been reported that several houses were damaged in different parts of the state due to continuous rainfall. Official sources said that Imphal river had crossed danger level and that other major rivers were swollen due to heavy showers.
Many places in Khurai and Wangkhei of Imphal East have remained inundated with flood waters. Localities like Khurai Puthiba, Khurai Chingabam, Khurai Tellipati and Lainingthou Luwangba Laishang (temple) and a community hall have been submerged under several feet of flood waters.  Water loggings in several parts of the capital were also reported.  
Meanwhile, the front portion of Sekmai Dam over Sekmai river under Lamshang constituency was breached after heavy rainfall. Water level in Sekmai river was flowing above danger level, sources said.
Local MLA Salam Rajen accompanied by an official team that included Chief Engineer of Minor Irrigation took stock of the Sekmai Dam. Officials said, “The damage portion of Sekmai Dam does not pose any threat to the dam itself.”
The cyclonic storm Mora reached Northeast on Tuesday. The storm reached neighbouring Mizoram on Tuesday after it hit Bangladesh’s Chittagong.
Due to the cyclonic storm, many parts of Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh received heavy to very heavy rainfall on Tuesday.
At least 80 houses were damaged in Mizoram’s Saihah district after heavy rains accompanied by strong winds lashed the state yesterday.
Incessant rains during the last couple of days have caused flooding in many areas of Thoubal and Kakching districts has left people there in a state of extreme worry as buildings, fish farms and agricultural fields were covered with water.
The biggest threat to life and properties in Kakching district was received from the swelling Sekmai river which runs across Kakching, Keirak and Wabagai and its continuous overflowing has submerged vast spans of land, including residential areas and cultivated fields. The water level of the rivers ascended suddenly this morning and breached the banks at Wabagai Thingel Leikai creating a massive opening 70 metres long. The stream of flood water submerged around 50 houses, 60 paris of agricultural land, homesteads and fish ponds.     
On the other hand, in Thoubal district, the Wangjing  river burst at the banks in two places namely Wanjing Sorokhaibam Leikai and Khundrakpam Leikai at around 6.30 pm in the evening inundating around 300 houses in the localities. However, there is no reports received about loss of human lives due to the floods.

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