Storm claims 3 lives in Manipur, many left homeless

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Imphal, April 15: Thunderstorm accompanied with gusty wind and lightening claimed lives of three women in Manipur while nearly a dozen including students were injured on Monday morning.
Many people rendered homeless after their houses including schools were destroyed besides damaging the power supply line in Churachandpur town in the storm which lashed across the state particularly Bishnupur, Kakching and Churachandpur districts around 10 in the morning, official sources said.
In the first incident, two women lost their lives after a storm shelter based in K Salemjang village of Churachandpur town was collapsed, sources said. The deceased have been identified as Nemden (74) of Salemjang village and Chinkholhai (50) of Kulbung village.
On the other hand a woman, identified as Y Nungsitombi (56), died after a tree fell on her tea stall located in Kakching district’s Wairi area under, added the sources.
Several school buildings and other educational institutes of Bishnupur district were also damaged by the storm and at least seven students were reportedly injured.
“Many houses were also damaged. So we’ll compile a complete report once the concerned officials submit their findings in our district,” says a senior district official of Churachandpur district.
“Power department officials are also taking up steps to restore the power supply.”
Though the northeastern states have been witnessing moderate to heavy rain and thundershowers for the last two days, Manipur had been experiencing warming temperatures. The state recorded maximum temperature of 39.4 Celsius degree on Sunday and a day’s short spell of rain brought down the temperature to 34 Celcius Degree on Monday.
Meanwhile as per code of conduct of the ongoing elections, all the district election officers of Manipur have been advised that relief works if undertake, should be only through the official machinery and no candidate or political functionary or political party should in any way be involved in relief works/measures, wrote Chief electoral officer PK Singh of Manipur in a letter to Election Commission of India. (Courtesy: HT)