Northeast Floods

North East floods: Two killed in Manipur, four die in Tripura due to heavy rain

NH37, which links southern Assam to Manipur, was cut off by landslides, stranding commuters.

Two people, including a child, have died in the last 24 hours in Manipur’s Thoubal district following torrential rain, Imphal Free Press reported on Thursday. At least a hundred houses have been flooded by the overflowing Thoubal river.

All schools in the Imphal Valley will remain closed till Friday. Imphal and Nambul rivers have been overflowing since Monday because of incessant rain. The government has set up relief camps at several places for the displaced residents. Several low-lying areas in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishenpur districts have been inundated, Firstpost reported.

NH37, which links southern Assam to Manipur, was cut off following landslides, stranding commuters on either side of the border, NDTV reported. Power supply has also been disrupted.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh during a visit to flood-affected areas in Imphal on Thursday. Photo credit: IANS
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh during a visit to flood-affected areas in Imphal on Thursday. Photo credit: IANS


At least four people have been killed in the last 48 hours in Tripura as thunderstorms and landslides hit several districts of the North East, NDTV reported. State Disaster Management Authority said flood situation was critical in the South Tripura, Dhalai, North Tripura, Khowai and Gomati districts.

“We have kept ready a Pawan Hans helicopter and sent requisition to the Indian Air Force to provide two more copters to rescue marooned people and to provide relief to the affected families if necessary,” an official of the Tripura Disaster Management Control Centre told IANS.

Over 15,000 people comprising 6,500 families displaced by the floods have taken shelter in around 200 relief camps in northern Tripura.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb made an aerial survey of the worst-affected northern parts of the state and urged people residing in low-lying areas to move to safer places or relief camps.

“Appraised [Union Home Minister] Rajnath Singh about the flood situation,” he tweeted. “Requested for assistance from the Army for rescue operations in a few critical locations. The Home Minister’s Office has assured all necessary support from the Centre.”

Residents of Mog Para village in Agartala leave flood affected areas on Wednesday. Photo credit: PTI
Residents of Mog Para village in Agartala leave flood affected areas on Wednesday. Photo credit: PTI


The districts of Biswanath, Karbi Anglong East, Karbi Anglong West, Golaghat, Hailakandi and Karimganj have been affected in Assam, according to the State Disaster Management Authority’s report on Thursday. The floods have affected around 1.4 lakh people in Assam but there have been no reports of any casualties.

Karimganj in Barak Valley remained the worst-hit as Longai river overflowed. At least 124 people have been evacuated in the district.

Train services in the Barak Valley were suspended as landslides buried tracks in at least five places. All 21 ferry services on the Brahmaputra were also suspended owing to rising water levels, Bharat Bhushan Dev Choudhury, director of Assam’s Inland Water Transport, said.

People wade through the flooded NH 27 after rains in Bokakhat sub-division of Golaghat district in Assam. Photo credit: PTI
People wade through the flooded NH 27 after rains in Bokakhat sub-division of Golaghat district in Assam. Photo credit: PTI


Heavy rain continued to lash parts of Mizoram on Thursday, cutting off Lunglei, Lawngtlai and Siaha districts from the southern parts of the state, PTI reported citing unidentified state disaster management and rehabilitation officials. In Lunglei district, at least 60 homes have been submerged since Tuesday.

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Swara Bhasker: Sharp objects has to be on the radar of every woman who is tired of being “nice”

The actress weighs in on what she loves about the show.

This article has been written by award-winning actor Swara Bhasker.

All women growing up in India, South Asia, or anywhere in the world frankly; will remember in some form or the other that gentle girlhood admonishing, “Nice girls don’t do that.” I kept recalling that gently reasoned reproach as I watched Sharp Objects (you can catch it on Hotstar Premium). Adapted from the author of Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn’s debut novel Sharp Objects has been directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who has my heart since he gave us Big Little Lies. It stars the multiple-Oscar nominee Amy Adams, who delivers a searing performance as Camille Preaker; and Patricia Clarkson, who is magnetic as the dominating and dark Adora Crellin. As an actress myself, it felt great to watch a show driven by its female performers.

The series is woven around a troubled, alcohol-dependent, self-harming, female journalist Camille (single and in her thirties incidentally) who returns to the small town of her birth and childhood, Wind Gap, Missouri, to report on two similarly gruesome murders of teenage girls. While the series is a murder mystery, it equally delves into the psychology, not just of the principal characters, but also of the town, and thus a culture as a whole.

There is a lot that impresses in Sharp Objects — the manner in which the storytelling gently unwraps a plot that is dark, disturbing and shocking, the stellar and crafty control that Jean-Marc Vallée exercises on his narrative, the cinematography that is fluid and still manages to suggest that something sinister lurks within Wind Gap, the editing which keeps this narrative languid yet sharp and consistently evokes a haunting sensation.

Sharp Objects is also liberating (apart from its positive performance on Bechdel parameters) as content — for female actors and for audiences in giving us female centric and female driven shows that do not bear the burden of providing either role-models or even uplifting messages. 

Instead, it presents a world where women are dangerous and dysfunctional but very real — a world where women are neither pure victims, nor pure aggressors. A world where they occupy the grey areas, complex and contradictory as agents in a power play, in which they control some reigns too.

But to me personally, and perhaps to many young women viewers across the world, what makes Sharp Objects particularly impactful, perhaps almost poignant, is the manner in which it unravels the whole idea, the culture, the entire psychology of that childhood admonishment “Nice girls don’t do that.” Sharp Objects explores the sinister and dark possibilities of what the corollary of that thinking could be.

“Nice girls don’t do that.”

“Who does?”

“Bad girls.”

“So I’m a bad girl.”

“You shouldn’t be a bad girl.”

“Why not?”

“Bad girls get in trouble.”

“What trouble? What happens to bad girls?”

“Bad things.”

“What bad things?”

“Very bad things.”

“How bad?”


“Like what?”


A point the show makes early on is that both the victims of the introductory brutal murders were not your typically nice girly-girls. Camille, the traumatised protagonist carrying a burden from her past was herself not a nice girl. Amma, her deceptive half-sister manipulates the nice girl act to defy her controlling mother. But perhaps the most incisive critique on the whole ‘Be a nice girl’ culture, in fact the whole ‘nice’ culture — nice folks, nice manners, nice homes, nice towns — comes in the form of Adora’s character and the manner in which beneath the whole veneer of nice, a whole town is complicit in damning secrets and not-so-nice acts. At one point early on in the show, Adora tells her firstborn Camille, with whom she has a strained relationship (to put it mildly), “I just want things to be nice with us but maybe I don’t know how..” Interestingly it is this very notion of ‘nice’ that becomes the most oppressive and deceptive experience of young Camille, and later Amma’s growing years.

This ‘Culture of Nice’ is in fact the pervasive ‘Culture of Silence’ that women all over the world, particularly in India, are all too familiar with. 

It takes different forms, but always towards the same goal — to silence the not-so-nice details of what the experiences; sometimes intimate experiences of women might be. This Culture of Silence is propagated from the child’s earliest experience of being parented by society in general. Amongst the values that girls receive in our early years — apart from those of being obedient, dutiful, respectful, homely — we also receive the twin headed Chimera in the form of shame and guilt.

“Have some shame!”

“Oh for shame!”




“Do not bring shame upon…”

Different phrases in different languages, but always with the same implication. Shameful things happen to girls who are not nice and that brings ‘shame’ on the family or everyone associated with the girl. And nice folks do not talk about these things. Nice folks go on as if nothing has happened.

It is this culture of silence that women across the world today, are calling out in many different ways. Whether it is the #MeToo movement or a show like Sharp Objects; or on a lighter and happier note, even a film like Veere Di Wedding punctures this culture of silence, quite simply by refusing to be silenced and saying the not-nice things, or depicting the so called ‘unspeakable’ things that could happen to girls. By talking about the unspeakable, you rob it of the power to shame you; you disallow the ‘Culture of Nice’ to erase your experience. You stand up for yourself and you build your own identity.

And this to me is the most liberating aspect of being an actor, and even just a girl at a time when shows like Sharp Objects and Big Little Lies (another great show on Hotstar Premium), and films like Veere Di Wedding and Anaarkali Of Aarah are being made.

The next time I hear someone say, “Nice girls don’t do that!”, I know what I’m going to say — I don’t give a shit about nice. I’m just a girl! And that’s okay!

Swara is a an award winning actor of the Hindi film industry. Her last few films, including Veere Di Wedding, Anaarkali of Aaraah and Nil Battey Sannata have earned her both critical and commercial success. Swara is an occasional writer of articles and opinion pieces. The occasions are frequent :).

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This article was published by the Scroll marketing team with Swara Bhasker on behalf of Hotstar Premium and not by the Scroll editorial team.