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At least 8 houses at Sirarakhong sink, village cut off

 APRIL 6, 2017

Source: THESANGAI EXPRESS

IMPHAL/UKHRUL, Apr 5: In the wake of the incessant rainfall during the past one week across the State, a sizeable portion of Sirarakhong village sank today damaging around eight houses in the process.

Sirarakhong village falls under Litan police station of Ukhrul district.

Moreover, around 15 feet of Mahadev-Tolloi Road has sunk and the road has been cut off.

Sirarakhong village chairman L Ngathingyao told The Sangai Express over telephone that the eight sunk houses were built on the side of the playground constructed anew.

Even though there was no human casualty, the affected families whose houses have been damaged are taking shelter in the houses of nearby relatives.

Informing that Mahadev-Tolloi Road has been cut off, the village chairman appealed to the departments/authorities concerned to extend all possible immediate relief measures and also to restore the disconnected road.

Following the sudden sinking of land, the villagers are caught in a panicky situation, Ngathingyao informed while appealing to the authority concerned to send an expert team and take up necessary measures for rehabilitation of the affected families at a safer place.

Notably, Manipur witnessed incessant rainfall during the past one week interspersed by thunderstorms which wreaked havoc in different parts of the State.

The case is similar to the one experienced at Kasom Khullen in 2015. The tensional cracks developed due to erosion of hill slope and excessive rainfall which may also cause landslide, remarked Prof Arunkumar of MU Earth Sciences Department.

Incidentally, Sirarakhong located 1662 m above sea level is about 85 Kms from Imphal and 136 Kms from Ukhrul district headquarters. read more>>