Continuous heavy rainfall in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Roanu over the last few days has increased river levels in the north east Indian state of Manipur, causing flooding in several of the state’s 9 districts.
Sphere, the Non-governmental Organization in India, has reported (PDF) that at least 4 districts of Thoubal, Bishnupur, Imphal West and Imphal East, where several towns remain cut off from the rest of the state by flooding
Local media have also reported flooding in the districts of Ukhrul and Tamenglong, where torrential rains have triggered landslides, which have also made access to affected areas difficult.
Indian newspaper, Northeast Today, said:
“Manipur is on the brink of facing a major flood situation if water levels of the main rivers both in the valley and hills do not receded quickly…”
At least 2 deaths – 1 in Imphal East district, another in Ukhrul district – have been reported as a result of the severe weather.
Around 15 houses were destroyed after the Imphal River overflowed at Kyamgei. Sphere say that the “Imphal River bank was breached on 23 May at Kyamgei Muslim Oinam Loukon has expanded from 50 feet to 400 feet”, sweeping away many houses and inundating paddy fields.
The Kongba River has overflowed, flooding parts of the town of Porompat in Imphal East district.
Sphere also say that the Nambul and Nambol rivers have also overflowed and the Thoubal River is approaching warning level.
Manipur was severely affected by flooding and landslides in August 2015. Around 20 people died and at one point over half a million people were affected.
Climate change is reality. Keiyamgei Manipur #Manipur Flood #may2016 #midastouchmanipur pic.twitter.com/stHjpNOlAw
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A scene from flood ravaged Manipur – college students appearing for exam had to walk on desks to enter the exam room pic.twitter.com/WhDCYcSPFD
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Kongba River at Porompat - May 23 to May 23, 2016
Imphal River at Kyamgei Muslim Oinam Loukon - May 23 to May 23, 2016
Kyamgei Muslim Oinam Loukon