Flood in Sangaiyumpham recedes


IMPHAL, July 29: The water level in Sangaiyumpham area which had been flooded owing to overflow of Wangjing River following incessant downpour in the past few weeks, has receded.

However, residents of Tentha area have been pushed to the wall as more than 2000 acres of their paddy fields and 300 residential houses remain inundated.

The residents are finding it hard to accommodate themselves in the present scene.

Many of the fish farms in the area have also been submerged in water. The overflowing of water from the Wangjing River is caused due to the breakage of the river pavement following the heavy shower of rain in the last couple of days, according to locals.

Notably, a large portion of the river pavement had already caved in on June 9, thereby inundating many residential houses and paddy fields.

MLA of Wangjing-Tentha Constituency Paonam Brojen had visited the affected areas yesterday and tried to stop the water from further entering residential houses and paddy fields using JCB and Tata Dipper vehicles.

Today also, locals along with labourers brought from other places tried to repair the broken portion of the river pavement from where water is flowing out.

Former minister Moirangthem Hemanta also sent additional vehicles and labourers to do the needful.

As the overflowing water from the river could not be stopped, fishes reared in ponds and farms in different areas, have also vanished, claimed locals.

Social worker from Wangjing Haobam Roben Singh came in and provided drinking water to the affected people.

A team of government officials led by AE of IFCD, Thoubal Division L Arunkumar also arrived and took part in the effort to block the overflowing water.

According to the flood victims, the frequent breakage of the river pavement is due to lack of digging of the river bed during the Wangjing River Flood Control Project.

Unless the river bed is properly dug out, pavement of the river may collapse anytime and people of the area will witness more flood, the aggrieved victims said.

Meanwhile, a one-day free health camp was organized by District Health Society, Thoubal today for people of Sangaiyumpham area under Khangabok Constituency in Thoubal district, whose residential houses and paddy fields have been inundated due to overflowing of water from Wangjing River following incessant rains for the last few days.

Around 335 people who have been affected by the flood were done health check-up during the camp.

Along with availing facilities of ultra sound and laboratory test, free medicines were also provided to the people.

The camp was organized under Health department with support of representatives of Panchayat, club members and villagers.


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