Rain, storms & floods hit North East

Dimapur, April 24 (MExN): Rain, hail and windstorms continue to hit the North East region of the Indian subcontinent, causing landslides and floods affecting thousands of people in the region.

As per reports from the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and Mon District Disaster Management Authority, heavy rainfall, hailstorms and windstorms during April have severely affected many areas of Mon district.

Mon Town’s Techahan Ward, Newsite, Tokubari and Tanlao Ward were badly affected by landslides, rains and flashfloods that led to damage of infrastructure, stated the report from the authorities. Further, there was a “massive landslide” on the Tobu-Mon road leading to the blockage of the road. Villages like Monyakshu, Changlangshu-Changsa, Wangti, Wakching, Phomching Town, Shengha Chingnyu, Chaoha Chingnyu, Longwa and Ukha were affected by hail and windstorms. Incessant rainfall has also led to mud slips, damage to retaining walls, power infrastructures, houses, road blockage, drainage blockage etc.

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A resident pulls a branch of a fallen tree uprooted during a rain storm in Dimapur on April 24. Photo by Caisii Mao

Meanwhile, in Assam, over 40,000 people have been affected and 1,000 hectares of crop land inundated by flood waters following pre-monsoon rains, officials said on Sunday.

Four districts — Lakhimpur, Jorhat, Sivsagar and Charaideo — have been inundated by flood waters, the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said, adding that 42,658 people were hit.

The army, the National Disaster Response Force and the State Disaster Response Force helped in rescue and relief operations to help the marooned people in Charaideo.

The Central Water Commission said the Burhidehing river in Khowang in Dibrugarh district and the Desang river in Sivasagar districts were flowing above the danger level.

The Regional Meteorological Centre at Borjhar near Guwahati said the situation was likely to improve after Monday.
Also, heavy rainfall has damaged many houses and caused flooding in low-lying villages in Manipur, officials said on Sunday.

In Manipur’s Bishnupur district, over 300 acres of paddy fields have been flooded. There were widespread destruction of houses in Mayang Imphal areas.

Landslides at several places along the National Highway 37 linking Imphal to Assam have caused the vehicular movement to be suspended.

Manipur Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh has directed the officials to provide relief to the victims.
The Met Office in Imphal has forecast more rains and hailstorms.
With inputs from DIPR and IANS

~MExN

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