Early monsoon creates havoc in NE

Early monsoon creates havoc in NE

Aizawl, June 13 (IANS/NNN): The Southwest Monsoon has already covered most parts of northeast India while the floods caused due to heavy rains are creating havoc in Tripura and Mizoram, officials said on Wednesday.


At least four people were killed in different places of Tripura as the flood waters inundated many villages, homes, and paddy fields besides low-lying areas. Waters of many rivers of Tripura are flowing over the danger levels.


Landslides have occurred in many places of Tripura and Mizoram affecting movement of traffic.


Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who made an aerial survey in the worst-affected parts in the north of the state and reviewed the latest situation arising due to the heavy downpour, urged the people residing in low-lying areas to move to safer places or relief camps.


According to an official of the Tripura Disaster Management Control Centre, at least four people, including two aged men and a teenager, died across Tripura due to landslides, falling trees or fishing in flooded rivers.


He said that till Wednesday afternoon, over 15,00 people of 6,500 families took shelter in around 200 relief camps mostly in northern Tripura.


“We have kept ready a Pawan Hans helicopter and sent requisition to the Indian Air Force (IAF) to provide two more copters to rescue marooned people and to provide relief to the affected families if necessary,” the official said.


A Mizoram government release said that heavy rainfall with intermittent squalls continues to batter the entire state since Sunday night, wreaking havoc and causing large scale damage to public infrastructure and private property in many parts of the state.


Flood brings hardship in Manipur

In Manipur, heavy downpour in the last three days has brought many parts of the valley districts of Manipur into a flood-like situation, where some areas are under highly vulnerable condition. While in the hill districts landslides have occurred at several places, according to reports received.


Following the calamity, the State Government declared holiday for all the educational institutions, government offices except the police, health and other essential departments.


The Kangpokpi area is facing alarming flood situation, where many parts are widely affected. The water of Imphal River passing through Kangpokpi area is running above the danger level at many places. Saikul, being the most vulnerable area, is under precarious condition. Some of the bridges have been blocked by the locales for safety of the public.


The flash flood has also inundated low several lying areas of the valley districts. The state capital Imphal has also been badly affected by the flood.


Major rivers including Nambul River, Iril River and Imphal River water run above the danger mark, and at several parts, the river banks have been breached.


New Checkon, Mission Lane, Sanjenthong, Konung Mamang are some of the localities in Imphal which have been badly affected by the flood.


There has also been power outage in many parts of Manipur since last night due to the calamity.


According to Skymet, normally monsoon covers the entire stretch of northeast India during the first week of June. But, this year, despite making an on-time arrival, the pace of the southwest monsoon – which advances over northeast India takes place by two ways: due to the monsoon surge driving along the Bay of Bengal; and under the influence of any weather system developing in the Bay of Bengal – is slow.


“Northeast India is one of the rainiest pockets of the country. During the Southwest Monsoon season and almost 30 per cent of the seasonal rainfall is contributed by this region. However, as of now, until June 10, northeast India is rainfall deficient by 49 per cent,” it said.