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28 June 2012

Manipur Rivers Rise, Jiribam Flooded

Imphal, Jun 28 : The water levels of all major rivers in the state are on the rise due to the heavy downpour during the last three days.

Large chunks of areas at Jiribam subdivision bordering Assam have been inundated as the Jiri river overflowed on Tuesday, sources said. The affected people have been shifted to a relief camp. However, one person is still untraceable, the sources added.

Manipur Irrigation and Flood Control Department (IFCD) employees have hardened the banks of Imphal river, which is running above the warning level at four points in the capital. IFCD flood fighters have thickened other vulnerable banks too.

"Having noticed the rise of water level at Imphal river, our flood fighters along with machines immediately hardened fragile banks at various points, including Kekrupat , Kangla Villa, Lamlong and Golapati on Wednesday," the IFCD official said.

"The water level of Imphal river recorded in the Minuthong area here at 4 pm on Wednesday evening was 787.625 metres, which is above the warning level but below the danger level," an IFCD official said.

Nambul river, which passes through Imphal city, is also running above the warning level, he said, adding that the water levels of Lilong, Iril and Thoubal rivers are receding gradually.

A large number of people are putting up along the banks of Nambul river in Imphal. However since there was no heavy rain in both the valley as well as the catchment area in the hills on Wednesday, the water level is expected to gradually recede and hence there is no imminent danger of any major flood in the state, he added.

Meanwhile, various low lying areas in Keishamthong and Sagolband in the heart of Imphal have been flooded owing to the bad drainage system throwing life out of gear in the affected areas. On Tuesday, legislator Oinam Lukhoi of Wangoi constituency in Imphal West accompanied by IFCD engineers conducted a field survey of the vulnerable river banks of Imphal river within the constituency.

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