2 dead as heavy rain lashes Manipur

Imphal (Manipur), June 15 : Heavy rain in the past 72 hours has created havoc in the north-eastern states, claiming at least four lives in Tripura and Manipur, severely affecting train services in Assam and leaving thousands homeless across the region.

In Manipur, two persons died within the past 24 hours in the Thoubal district, according to a report in the Imphal Free Press.

At Nepra in Thoubal Police Station area of the district, a middle aged man identified as Sagolsem Ingocha Singh, was drowned in the flooded Arong River, when he went for fishing.

In a seprat incident, a 7-year-old boy, Keisham Brainson, was swept away by floodwaters into Ingourok river, the report added.

The incessant rain has overflowed most of the major rivers that run through capital Imphal mainly the Imphal and Nambul rivers.

Residential areas in the state have been submerged in the flood water. More than 1.5 lakh people in 150 villages have been affected in the state with 12,000 houses damaged. The state government has released Rs 3.2 crore to deal with the calamity. 59 relief camps opened in the state.

The Manipur government has declared holiday for all government offices and educational institutions including private sectors under the government.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh is personally supervising the repair work on the river banks that were damaged due to the downpour, a release issued by Information and Public Relations (IPR) Department said.

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