Massive Earth Crack Opens In Manipur, India

The earth crack that developed in and around Kalikhola in Kangpokpi district of Manipur continues to slide downward. A large portion of land had further slid down since Sunday night which completely blocked I.T. Road – Makuli – Kalapahar road on Monday.

The further cracking of the earth now has drawn the attention of the State Government of Manipur and experts. The situation in the area was drastically changed as the crack was also much larger than on Sunday and a large portion of land was seen sliding down today.

The PMGSY road connecting IT Road to Kalapahar via Makuli is also completely damaged and blocked by a massive earth that slid down owing to further cracking on Sunday night. The massive earth-crack at Kalikhola village and its adjoining village, located around 5 km from Kangpokpi district headquarters and 40 km north of Imphal, was first noticed on Sunday morning.

On learning about the incident, the district administration has taken stock of the grim situation. SDC of Kangpokpi district headquarters along with the police and Assam Rifles had rushed to the area and took stock of the condition of the area.

Personnel of the 38 Assam Rifles posted at Kangpokpi in collaboration with the district administration have been helping the fear-gripped villagers to evacuate from the villages since Sunday morning. A temporary relief camp has been set up at Goma Devi Government High School at Toribari.

At least three houses have been affected by the calamity. The houses belonged to one Man Bahadur Chhetry (48), Nar Bahadur Basnet (50), and Devi Prasad Dhungana (40).

Some 10 to 12 houses at Kalikhola area are on the verge of being upturned while a large area of paddy field has already been damaged. A PMGSY road connecting Makuli and Kalapahar from Imphal-Tamei road was also badly damaged while the pipeline of PHED Water Reservoirs at Toribari has also been damaged.

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