Cyclone Remal Brings Severe Flooding to Manipur: Govt Declares Two-Day Holiday
Cyclone Remal Brings Severe Flooding to Manipur: Govt Declares Two-Day Holiday

Manipur, India – Cyclone Remal has unleashed continuous rainfall, leading to widespread flooding across various districts in Manipur. In response, the state government has initiated rescue and relief efforts and announced a two-day public holiday for all state offices until May 31.

Due to severe flooding and embankment breaches along river banks, the government has urged citizens to stay indoors unless it's an emergency. A government directive confirmed that all state government offices, corporations, autonomous bodies, and societies will observe holidays on May 30 and May 31.

Despite the holiday, essential services such as home, police, relief and disaster management, power, health and family welfare, district administration, and water resources departments will continue to operate.

Rescue operations are ongoing in the hardest-hit areas, including Imphal East and Imphal West districts. Fishermen from Thanga in Bishnupur district are assisting the Loktak Development Authority (LDA) by using traditional canoes to evacuate people. Similar efforts are underway in areas like Laipham Khunou and Khuman Lampak.

In Nambol, Bishnupur district, agricultural lands have been submerged due to riverbank breaches. Chief Minister N Biren Singh commended the efforts, stating, "Fishermen of Thanga are joining hands with the LDA team in rescuing stranded people. I appreciate their noble gesture at this hour."

Forty National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel and six additional motorboats arrived at Imphal airport to bolster rescue operations. Commercial activities have also been severely impacted, with key markets like Khwairamband, Paona, and Thangal remaining closed due to flooding.

A landslide triggered by heavy rains in Tamenglong district has affected the National Highway-37 Imphal-Silchar route. The Nambul river breached its banks at Samurou in Imphal West district, causing flooding in Wangoi constituency.

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