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22 October 2013

Hot Mud Eruption in Manipur

Imphal, Oct 22 : A team of experts, including geologists, on Monday rushed to Manipur's Ukhrul district to study the unprecedented eruption of hot water mixed with soil at the remote Tusom village bordering Myanmar. So far, no casualty has been reported.

On October 13, following a loud explosion, chunks of hot mud erupted from the hills, streamed down the slopes and got deposited in low-lying areas, including rivers and roads.

The mudslide, besides killing some fishes and damaging a portion of forest land, also blocked the road connecting the village in Chingai sub-division with Ukhrul district headquarters, a source said. He added that there is no report of villagers fleeing their homes after the incident.

He added that the eruption continued till Sunday.

Chingai constituency legislator and deputy speaker MK Preshow told TOI that a team of experts, including geologists from the industries department, rushed to the spot to study the situation and find the cause of the eruption.

Preshow ruled out any possibility of a volcanic eruption. "Since Tousom village is about 3 kms from the spot, there is nothing to fear," he said.

Preshow nevertheless said necessary measures will be taken up for the safety of the villagers if there is likelihood of further destruction in the village. "We have intimated the state environment officials and they are also going there soon. To clear the blocked road, heavy machinery, including earth pullers, have been sent to the village," he said. DC (Ukhrul) S K Chaurasia said the district administration is awaiting a report from the field officers, including the concerned SDO, for doing the needful.


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