Manipur Flood: Imphal River breached in multiple locations

Imphal Free Press went for an inspection at the area and encountered many four wheelers, two wheelers were found almost submerged under water.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 31 May 2024, 2:43 am


The breach of Imphal River on Tuesday night at Kairang area has largely affected Khabam Lamkhai areas and its surroundings including the Inter State Bus Terminus, while many of the residences have become waterlogged.

As the rescue missions continued, the joint team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Manipur Police, Manipur State Fire Service, Indian Army, volunteers of Arambai Tenggol, and volunteers of local club of the area evacuated the affected families with rescue boats.

Imphal Free Press went for an inspection at the area and encountered many four wheelers, two wheelers were found almost submerged under water. Many vehicles were also seen parking on the main road where the water level is low.

During an interaction with the locals, they narrated of hearing the breach of Imphal River at its western side of Kairang area. The water level suddenly increased later in the early morning, and many of the properties including vehicles got submerged under water.


A local from Khabam Lamkhai said that the state government, Central forces and others are putting their efforts to rescue the affected residents of the area. However, many of them do not have a safe place to stay for the night, he said.

The joint rescue team started rescuing the residents, starting from Tuesday night around 10 pm, and they are still continuing their rescuing activities which are commendable, he added.

He appealed to the government to take necessary measures so that the evacuated people can stay at relief camps.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh uploaded a video clip on his Facebook page, showing  the rescuing of people affected by flood.

CM Biren said, “Due to water breaches in several river banks, many lives including cattle have been seriously affected. All concerned authorities of the state government security personnel, NDRF and local volunteers are working tirelessly to ensure safety and provide assistance to everyone affected.


Those who got stranded in severely affected areas are being relocated to safe places using boats,” (sic)
Due to the breaching of the Imphal River, North AOC, NH 2 along the stretch of Hotel Imphal, Khoyathong crossing, Nagamapal road have been over flooded.

As precautionary measures, Manipur police blocked commuters heading towards Dingku road from both western and eastern direction and they were diverted to safe passages.

Meanwhile, Nambul River at Wahengbam Leikai bus parking, Keishamthong Thangjam Leirak, Khagempalli were flooded. Besides, with the high water level, the water from Nambul river was also found leaking from the joining gaps of retaining walls constructed along Sagolband road. The leaking of water along Sagolband stretch caused flooding at Sagolband Moirang Leirak, Sagolband Meino Leirak, Keishampat Leimajam Leikai and its surroundings.

The campus of Cheirap court is also seen flooded by the leakage of overflowing Nambul River water.
Data available from Directorate of Environment and Climate Change stated that Tamenglong district has recorded the highest rainfall with 56.6 mm, followed by Bishnupur district with 32.2 mm; Imphal West as 27.4 mm and Imphal East as 18.8 mm.

Besides, when the IFP interacted with locals of Khabam Lamkhai in late evening, it was learnt that the water level is increasing gradually and rescue operation is still continuing. Efforts are also continuing on fixing the breach of Imphal River at Kairang area. Meanwhile, the rainfall continues unabated in the Imphal area till late Wednesday evening.


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IFP Bureau

IFP Bureau

IMPHAL, Manipur


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