Two years on, relief yet to reach flood victims

THOUBAL, 21st Jul: Several parts of the state witnessed a devastating flood in 2017 monsoon season leaving many houses and properties including 16 houses in Lilong Haoreibi Awang Leikai area destroyed.
Though Centre had released the flood relief fund, the flood victims of the village are yet to get a single penny till date even after two years of the devastating flood that was caused by heavy torrential rainfall leading to a major breach of Imphal River.
While addressing a press meet at Lilong Haoreibi Awang Leikai on Sunday, Haoreibi Awang Leikai Athletics and Cultural Organisation (HALACYO) secretary Y Islamuddin said that several houses were submerged under water during the flood that started on July 4, 2017 and several properties and livestock were lost. Of them 16 houses were washed away by the flood water.
Chief minister N Biren along with ministers and officials of the department concerned visited the affected areas and assured financial assistance to the victims. Though the swift response was lauded by everybody, the victims have not got a single penny from the government till date, he said while decrying the attitude of the government.
The breach was about 100 feet long but the government constructed RCC retaining wall of only about 50 feet which creates a sense of uncertainty among the people, he said and urged the government to look into the matter.
On the other hand, the inter village road that connects Lilong to Samurou Imphal Barrage is in its worst condition now making it an accident prone area. Lilong MLA tilled the road using a tractor sometimes back for blacktopping. However, no further efforts have been made to repair the road till date. As a result, the road has become unusable and the service of passenger auto-rickshaw also affected, thus forcing the vehicles to choose an alternate route. School van services have also stopped in the area making it a tough situation for school going children of the villages located along the said road, he said.
Meanwhile, monsoon failure is also another issue the villagers are facing as their farming activities could not be taken up in the absence of irrigation water. Even though the government is said to have distributed water pump sets to farmers in different parts of the state, no such water pumps have reached the area. Unless the government provides irrigation water to the farmlands in the area, farmers would be in no condition to begin their annual farming activities, he said.
He also warned of launching intense stir including state-wide general strike if the government does not take up necessary initiatives to address these issues within five days.
Passenger auto-rickshaw service operators who are providing service between Lilong and Samurou were also present during the press meet.

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