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More villages flooded in Manipur

IANS | Imphal |

 The flood situation worsened in some parts of Manipur with torrential rain flooding more villages and paddy fields and the Iril river flowing above the danger mark on Monday.

Villagers said that though the rain had stopped in the valley districts there is still heavy downpour in the hill areas from where all the rivers originate.

Some villages at Naharup in Imphal east district and Urup and Arabati in Thoubal district were inundated along with some paddy fields.

Angry villagers said that no official and local legislators visited them. They elevated and strengthened the river banks using their own resources to check overflowing.

The main streets in the city areas at Sagolband and Uripok in Imphal west district are also flooded.

Farmers said they were hoping that after the floods there would be a bountful harvest. But they are now afraid that the verdant paddy fields will be destroyed by the current spell of rain.

They also said that they have not received any assistance from the government although the Central government had sanctioned money for flood victims in the northeast.

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh had announced soon after the July floods that the government will distribute quick yielding paddy plants. The farmers said that they are yet to get the plants.

The torrential rain started in the valley areas on Saturday morning.