IMPHAL, April 1 - As many as 1,599 flash flood-affected families have been taking shelter at the newly set up flood relief camps, according to official reports here.
Most of the flash flood affected areas are under greater Imphal area, spreading across Imphal West and Imphal East districts, which continue affected for the third day today after overnight heavy showers disrupted normal life.
As per preliminary report of the Sub Divisional Officer, 30 families were affected in adjoining areas of Kwakeithel Thokchom Leikai and Kwakeithel Nganapithong, 200 in Kwakeithel Nganpithong, 65 in Thouda Bhabok Leikai (South), 40 in Thouda Bhabok Leikai (North), 200 in Keishamthong Irom Pukhri and Keishamthong Maning Longjam Leikai, 350 in Kwakeithel Moirang Purel, 100 in adjoining areas of Khagempalli and Nganapithong, 100 in Singjamei Thongam Leikai and Mayengbam Leikai, 350 in Singjamei Waikhom Leikai, 80 in Singjamei Okram Leikai and Oinam Thingel, four in Sagolband Thangjam Leirak, 70 in Sagolband Maisnam Nongthombam Leirak and 10 in Sagolband Meino Leirak, all under Imphal West district.
The community hall of the Social Welfare Club at Kwakeithel Nganapithong has been turned into a relief camp, while another camp may be opened at Kwakeithel Moirang Purel following submission of an assessment report.
The preliminary report came after Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren chaired an emergency Cabinet Meeting on flood situation in the State on Friday morning. Imphal West Deputy Commissioner C Arthur Worchuiyo also submitted a preliminary assessment report on the affected households under Imphal West district due to incessant rainfalls and consequent flooding in residential areas as on today.
Manipur witnessed a record intense rainfall after a gap of 62 years. Thursday�s rain crossed 100 mm within 24 hours, which is the highest since 1954, according to the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. This caused widespread flooding in many low lying areas of Imphal. Many places under Singjamei, Keishamthong, Wangkhei, Yaiskul, Langthabal, Thangmeiband constituencies were also hugely affected.