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Possible rainstorm invites precautionary measures; Untimely cleaning of river banks, a factor for instant flood: IFCD

 Source: Imphal Free press.

Landslides block Tamenglong-Khongsang road

Landslides block Tamenglong-Khongsang road

IMPHAL | May 6 : Directorate of relief and disaster management (DM) has informed all concerned authorities to take precautionary measures as weather indicates of possible rainfall and thunder storm in the next few days. Director, relief and DM in a notification issued today made the information on the light that due to incessant rain for the last two days in Manipur, there is likely of flood, erosion of river banks and landslides. The rainfall has brought the river water levels higher while it has caused landslides in different parts of the state. According to IFCD flood control room, the water level of most of the rivers that went high were decreasing at sunset. The Nambul river had crossed its high flood level and recorded as 783.150 metres, Imphal river as 785.525 meters, Iril river as 782.975 metres, Lilong river as 779.450 metres whereas Nambol cross its high flood level as 774.450 metres against its high flood level at 773.700 metres. With the incessant rainfall since the past two days Nambol river has over-flowed with a length of fourteen feet at Nambol Kha Jiri but IFCD Bishnupur has taken necessary measures to control the over flow of water and distributed relief materials. According to the IFCD officials, till today dusk rainfall in catchment areas in Kangpokpi was recorded as 27 millimetres (mm) , Saikul as 26 mm, Litan as 68 mm, Jiribam as 42 mm, Lamphel as 41mm and Raj Bhavan as 39 mm. Officials said if the rainfall reach 50 mm then flood is inevitable in the valley. With the rainfall for few days most of the streets are under water and water level of rivers is still running near high flood level even though it shows decreasing level. Untimely cleaning of river banks is one of the major factors for instant increase in water level on most of the rivers in the state, said to IFP by one of the officials of IFCD. Cleaning of river bank has merits and demerits like every. As merits it cleans the river banks unwanted materials which can affect the flow of river. But untimely cleaning of river banks may be a major cause for instant increase in the water level in most of the rivers. The cleaning of river banks should be done three or four months before monsoon, if the cleaning was to be done by January then plants of other flora might grow to the rivers bank. The flora might slow down the flow of river and could stop instant flood in the valley area, official added. Officials further said untimely cleaning of river banks not only cause instant flood but it may affect river bank due to soil erosion that might become vulnerable to public. The official said rainfall in catchment area has been decreasing so people need not to be panic for flood. Addition reporting from Tamenglong correspondents Monsoon showers have severely affected Tamenglong district resulting in landslides in many areas. Landslides have blocked Tamenglong-Khongsang road at three places today, however Morung and Son Company Limited, which is engaging in temporary restoration work of the road, cleared the blockage early in the morning. Moreover, electric current has been totally cut off due to heavy rain for last two days in the district. Consequently, all mobile phones were switch off and various works related to electricity had been stopped facing untold inconveniences. Chara river in between Oinamlong and Sibilong village is reportedly flooded disturbing the vehicles to pass through.