Major rivers flowing above warning level as incessant rains lash Imphal valley

The water level of Imphal River, Nambul River and Nambol River are fast swelling owing to incessant rainfall in most parts of Manipur.

Imphal River flows above warning level on Oct 23, 2020

Water levels of major rivers in Imphal valley rose above the warning level on Friday owing to the incessant rainfall received in most parts of Manipur since Thursday evening.

According to information received from the control room of Irrigation and Flood Control department, the water levels of three rivers have risen above the warning level. They are Imphal River, Nambul River and Nambol River. The water levels of the rivers, however, is yet to reach the danger level mark, it said.

Imphal River water level reached 786.00 metre which is beyond the warning level of 785.900 metre, Nambul river at 781.300 metre against the 781.175 metre of warning level and Nambol River was flowing at 773.175 metre level against the warning level of 772.700 metre, as per reports.

The water level of Irilbung River reached 781.250 metre and its warning level is 786.700 metre, Lilong River at 778.650 metre against the warning level of 780.350 metre and Thoubal River with 774.00 metre and warning level is 778.915 metre, the control room informed.

The department said that the high rise in river water level is due to the incessant rainfall since Thursday evening. It further said that the rainfall level of 48 mm at Kangpokpi, Saikul with 15 mm, Litan with 18 mm, Raj Bhavan with 8mm, Lamphel with 9mm and Jiribam 19.4 mm was noted. This rainfall record is from yesterday's 5 pm till today's morning 5 am. The present rainfall hasn't reach the level to cause heavy flood yet, it said,.

As a precautionary measure to reduce downstream water level of some rivers, gate number 3 of Ithai Barrage is fully opened while gate number 2 and 4 were open partially at the level of 1.5 m and 2 m respectively. On the other hand, gate number 1 and 5 were fully closed, the department informed.

Despite heavy rain people continue to come out and try their luck to catch some fish.

Meanwhile, a release issued from directorate of Information and Public Relation said that continuous rainfall for the last few days at most places of Manipur have led to the increase of water level of most rivers at ‘Warning Level’.

As a control measure, director of Relief and Disaster Management, Manipur has opened a toll free telephone number 1070 (can call from all networks except JIO) as standard disaster helpline in the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) of the office. Telephone number 0385-2442441 is also available, the RDM said.

First Published:Oct. 23, 2020, 2:22 p.m.

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