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Manipur and Mizoram left reeling after heavy rainfall

Torrential rainfall has caused landslides and flash floods in several parts of the two states.

Torrential rainfall in Manipur and Mizoram in the last few days has caused landslides and flash floods in several parts of the states, IANS reported on Tuesday.

In Mizoram, more than 100 houses in Tiperabagh, 70 houses in Serhuan village and 30 houses in Tlabung town are under water. Rescue operations are currently going on, NDTV reported.

The government declared a two-day holiday after landslides blocked roads and caused large-scale destruction. Flooding has been reported in Lunglei and Aizawl districts. The showers have damaged crops, roads, electrical lines and pavements. A mudslide has obstructed the access to the Lengpui Airport. The local administration is trying to clear the road.

The state disaster management agency said more than 1,000 people have been evacuated from the flooded districts.

Manipur floods

The Manipur government on Tuesday had issued a flood alert till June 15 and possibilities of landslides, The Indian Express reported.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh said the state government is assessing the criticial situation. “Almost the entire Imphal Valley resembles a sea,” Singh told The New Indian Express. “Some hill districts have been also badly affected by landslides. We are trying to rescue people and give relief to them.”

The chief minister added that landslides had cut off national highway connecting Manipur with southern Assam’s Barak Valley. The All India Radio station is also submerged, he added.

In Manipur, a mudslide has rendered the busy Churachandpur-Henglep road dangerous to ply on, and cut off most villages in Pherzawl district. Kuki Students’ Organisation President L Haokip accused Singh of not fulfilling his promise to complete road repair work. “This is the lifeline of over 30,000 persons in the tribal villages,” Haokip told IANS. “Though we learn that 80% of the fund had been spent, people do not find any improvement.”

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