Cyclone Sitrang: Tholiru stream kills two in Ukhrul district; victims yet to be traced

Ukhrul: In an unfortunate incident, Tholiru stream near Challou river at Poi village in the northern part of Manipur’s Ukhrul district has claimed the lives of two women.

Sources said that the two women from Poi village, namely RS. Ngamreila aged 30 wife of RS. Varechung and RK. Ramreila, aged 34 wife of RK. Mathotmi were carried away while crossing Tholiru stream near Challou river of Poi village. The duo were washed away while returning from their paddy field.

The incident occurred on Monday evening. Ukhrul district which reported heavy downpour in the last couple of days as Cyclone Sitrang slammed the Northeast region, triggering flood in various areas, including Bangladesh. Last part of October and November is a time for the farmers to harvest their paddy.

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Poi village is under Chingai assembly constituency, a native of MK. Preshow Shimray, former Manipur’s deputy assembly speaker.

Sources further said that the two women bodies are yet to be recovered. Incessant rain which caused flood has made it more difficult to trace their bodies.

Following the incident, neighbouring villages and Chingai block police personnel have joined hands together to trace the victims.

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Ukhrul district reported heavy rain in the last few days causing massive flood in various areas of the district bringing havoc in the lives of the farmers with their paddy fields ready for harvest.

It may be pointed out that several vilages in the district do not have suspension bridge inconveniencing farmers who have to cross the rivers. Several lives have been claimed by river in the past similar incidences. Installing suspension bridge would ensure that no lives is cut short due to absence of these facilities.

It may be mentioned that the India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Monday sounded red alert for four states in the Northeast region.

While filing this report the bodies of the two women were still not found.

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