Imphal, July 7: Though the percentage of rainfall has decreased in Imphal, many areas in the valley still remains affected by the flood water.
During a tour by Imphal Times, deep flood water was witnessed at Kongba Nandeibam Leikai and Khongman Mangjil areas along the Singjamei-Kongba road.
Despite relentless efforts to block Kongba River from overflowing, water level has been rising rapidly in the Kongba Nandeibam Leikai and Khongman Mangjil areas affecting many residential areas, shops, meira sheds that have caused panic among the local people who are forced to shift at higher ground for safety.
“It will not be wrong to say that the rising water level causing flood in the areas is man-made as most of the drains remains blocked, unavailability of proper drainage systems due to land encroachment, this is very reason why most of the areas in Imphal valleys witness flood everytime when it rains”, said an elderly person whose house has been affected by the flood from the sudden rise of water level in Khongman Mangjil areas.
As the water level is rising though rain had stopped, many people of Kongba Nandeibam Leikai and Khongman Mangjil areas are shifting their household items to the nearby safer areas which has been not touched by the flood water. If preventive measures are not taken up immediately many more houses will be affected badly by the rising water level.
Many of the thoroughfares have been submerged under water restricting the accessibility of vehicles. Temporary raft made from tire tubes and trunks of banana tree are used for transportation at present.
Locals of the Kongba Nandeibam Leikai and Khongman Mangjil areas decried government officials as they have not turn up or taken up any measures for the flood affected peoples of the very area.
Around 20 families are taking shelter at relief camp opened at Khongman Mangjil Mamang Leikai Meira Shang, Khongman Mangjil Oriental Club and Khongman Zone-1 Community Hall. Unfortunately relief camp of Khongman Mangjil Mamang Leikai Meira Shang is under threat from rising water level which could make the families to move to another relief camp.
To avoid any unwanted incident in the flood hit areas, Singjamei-Kongba Road from Khongman Mangjil to Kongba has been shut down.
On the other hand, relief materials has been distributed to the flood affected people of Khongman Ward No. 5/27 of Thongju Assembly constituency which was sanctioned by Works Minister Th Bishwajit. The relief material includes, rice, grains, pulses, salts, potatos and edible oils.
Medical camp has also been opened at Khongman Mangjil Oriental Club by Ayush medical team where more than hundreds flood affected people have taken the benefit of the camp but no measures for distribution of relief materials have been taken up for the flood affected people of Kongba Nandeibam Leikai and Khongman Mangjil areas till the filing of the report.
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