Guwahati : As many as 140 houses were destroyed by Cyclone Mora after it strucked the Northeastern state of Mizoram on May 31, and at least 4 people have been reportedly killed in neighbouring Manipur during the past few days.
According to an official report from the Mizoram Disaster Management and Rehabilitation Department, eight district of the state were severely affected by the cyclone, even though no casualty have been report from those areas.
Officials from Saiha, Mamit, Champhai, Lunglei, Kolasib, Lawngtlai, Serchhip and Aizawl district were instructed by the state government to visit the affected families.
Tropical cyclone Mora with a peak strength of 110 km/hr caused widespread impacts across Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Northeast India from May 31 as it developed from an area of low pressure over the southeastern Bay of Bengal on May 28.
Cyclone Mora reached northeast India on Tuesday evening, but was weakened to a depression and averted major damage in the region, except those eight districts in Mizoram and some parts of Manipur.
Indian Meteorological department has warned that several areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Manipur could received heavy rainfall due to Cyclone Mora.
Cyclone Mora has also caused flood-like situation in both hills and valley of Manipur from the past four days. Major rivers including the Imphal river and Khuga river in Churachandpur were flowing above the danger level. One woman
Two children were washed away by strong currents of Lanva river at New Lamka in Churachandpur town, while another lady from Pherzawl district, Mrs Lalruotmawi was swept away by flash flood on May 29.
According to officials from the district headquarter, K. Lianlunmang, 4 years, and his younger sister Kimngaihsiam, 3 years, were washed away while they were throwing garbage to the river on Thursday. The lifeless body of Lianmunmang was discovered by locals on the same day, while that of Kimngaihsiam is yet to be located. The district officials were reportedly helping the search operation launched by several organisations.
In Ukhrul district, a lady from Jessami namely Aselo Wezah was swept away by Thesii River, search is going on to locate her body.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh has reviewed the flood situation and the status of relief and repair works while directing the concerned officials to take necessary action. During the review meeting held in Imphal, Biren Singh also sanctioned an ex-gratia of up to Rs 4 lakh for each victim who has died after Cyclone Mora struck the state.
A release by Regina Hongray, deputy secretary, Relief and Disaster Management said “all deputy commissioners were alerted and the DCs along with all the government employees of various departments such as PWD, IFCD, PHED, Revenue, Health are on the job to provide relief, repair and restoration works, medical facilities, food, drinking water etc”
The death of two kids in Churachandpur has promoted many condolences on social media and one was from Chief Minister N Biren Singh. Biren Singh condoled through a tweet which read, “Deeply saddened at the death of two young siblings in CCpur and missing one at jessamy,Ukhrul during the flood situation in the State, I share the grief of the bereaved”