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Sirarakhong warned of more landslides

 IMPHAL | Apr 10

Source: Imphal Free Press

Experts warned that further landslides will hit Sirarakhong village of Ukhrul district, where landslide occurred recently and damaging four houses.

Four teams of scientists and geologists from Dimapur and earth science department of Manipur University visited the site and cautioned the villagers that the area is vulnerable to landslides.

The experts suggested that at least 40 houses which are located on the hillslope where the landslide occurred should be shifted to safer places to avoid human tragedies.

Informing the warning given by the experts village headman V. Wungkhayap said the villagers are living in fear after the experts sounded the alert.

Manipur PCC president T N Haokip led a Congress team today to Sirarakhong village, about 60 kms from Imphal to take stock of the situation and also extend help to the affected villagers.

The Congress president handed over a sum of Rs. one lakh to the affected villagers through the headman.

The recent heavy downpour triggered a landslide in the village on April 5. Four houses were damaged by the landslide. The village headman’s house was also damaged.

The landslide also carried away a portion of the Imphal-Tolloi road. However, no one was injured as the incident occurred in the afternoon when no one was present in the houses. The members of the affected houses shifted to relatives’ houses.

Haokip examined the damaged houses and landslide. He also discussed the problems of the villagers and measures to be taken to rehabilitate and relocate the villagers.

Interacting with the villagers the Congress president welcomed the prompt response given by the BJP-led government to the sufferings of the villagers. He was referring to the visit by forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar, tribal and hill areas development minister N. Kayisii and works minister Th. Biswajit Singh and financial assistance extended to the village.

“We will support the government in taking up programmes for the village. We will also pursue the government to fulfil its promises made during the minister’s visit to the village. This is a natural calamity and we all should work together,” Haokip told the villagers during an interaction programme at the village community hall.

The headman urged both the government and the Congress to help the villagers to relocate and resettled those already affected and those who will be shifting from their houses.

Village authority chairman Ngathingyao Longvah appealed to the government and the Congress party to construct retaining walls. The villagers welcomed the initiatives by the government and also by the Congress party.