IMPHAL, April 5 - Seven houses were washed away in a massive landslide in a village in Manipur�s Ukhrul district following incessant rains since the past one week. However, there is no report of any human casualty.
The incident took place when a major portion of the village including the road measuring around 150 ft slided down in Sirarakhong village under Litan Police station, around 2 pm today.
Sirarakhong village is known for its chilies. This is the first time that the State witnessed a massive landslide in the State which had witnessed a record intense rainfall after a gap of 62 years which caused widespread flooding in many low-lying areas of Imphal including the historic Shree Shree Govindajee temple and roads leading to world�s oldest living pologround here.
Rainfall on March 31 crossed 100 mm within 24 hours which is a record after 1954, according to Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Lamphelpat sources. Even after the rains stopped on Wednesday, some of the low-lying areas including those in Imphal are still under flood water.
Large areas of crop land are also severely affected due to the flash flood in the State. More than 40 hectares of potato crops in Imphal East district are also under flood water.
Manipuri delegation: A 10-member team of Manipuri Cultural Society (MCS), Kohima (Nagaland) met Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren Singh at his office chamber here today. MCS is a body of Manipuris settled in Nagaland. The delegates invited the Chief Minister to visit Nagaland to foster peace and brotherhood among the people of the two neighbouring States. N Biren Singh expressed his willingness to visit Nagaland and meet Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu as soon as possible.