Pothashang News Service: Imphal, June 14, 2018: Manipur government has released an immediate relief assistance of Rs. 3.2 crore for the flood affected families of the areas reeling under flash flood.
It is estimated that about 1.5 lakh families affected while more than 12 thousand houses are damaged in 150 villages due to heavy rainfall and flash flood that has been lashing Manipur state for past one week. State government has also announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 5.00 lakhs to each of 5 persons who lost their lives due to floods.
Chief minister, N. Biren Singh convened a high level meeting on Thursday with the Cabinet ministers, MLAs and top officials to take stock of flood situation. Prior to this Biren along with some Cabinet colleagues and MLAs and top officials visited several floods affected areas of Imphal East and Imphal West and supervised the flood control measures last night.
State government has taken up flood control and flood relief measures on war footing in the wake of heavy rainfall and flash floods affecting various parts of state. Altogether 150 villages are affected so far. While, at least 5 peoples lost their lives in flood related incidents about 1.50 lakhs people are badly affected. There are river breaches at 16 locations. Government has already closed three locations and work on other locations is going on. State government has opened more than 100 flood relief camps in five valley districts. Peoples stranded in flood are being rescued with the help of SDRF, state police, Army and CRPF and Assam Rifles.
Deputy commissioners are providing basic facilities and items like shelter, drinking water and other essential needs. Relief and disaster management department was directed to release a sum of Rs. 3.2 crore to deputy commissioners for taking of flood relief measures. Deputy Commissioners were further directed to quickly to make full assessment of damage caused by floods. Power Department was directed to ensure power supply in these areas with veterinary and animal husbandry department was asked to deploy teams for cattle and animal care. The department has already deployed 5 rapid response teams to deal with the situation. PHED and MAHUD department were directed to ensure the availability of drinking water and toilet in flood affected areas.