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Rain fury turns to East, Northeast India, landslide wreak havoc

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for North Bengal and Sikkim.

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Floods in Northeast India

Heavy rainfall in Assam, Sikkim and North Bengal caused landslides and floods in multiple areas on Friday, compelling authorities to strengthen rescue and relief operations and evacuate the affected people to safer locations. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has issued a red alert for North Bengal and Sikkim.

According to reports, floods in Assam have affected more than 67,000 people in 17 districts of the state. The affected districts are Biswanth, Chirang, Dhemaji, Golaghat, Baksha, Jorhat, Bongaigaon, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Nagoan, Tamulpur, Kokrajhar, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar and Majuli. The State Disaster Management Authority stated that major rivers, namely Brahmaputra, are flowing above the danger levels in several places. 

Reportedly, an embankment was destroyed in Majuli and 18 roads were damaged in Barpeta, Chirang, Majuli, Sonitpur, Golaghata, Sivasagar, Lakhimpur and Dhubri districts. Further, large-scale erosion was also reported from the state. A crop area of nearly 2770 hectares has been damaged. 49,535 animals were also affected in the northeastern state of Assam.

Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma asserted that excess water from the Kurichu dam in Bhutan was being released since the previous morning and district administration in the downstream area of Assam has been put on alert for possible flooding. 

On the other hand, in Sikkim, heavy rainfall triggered landslides in the state’s northern areas. Reportedly, a landslide in the 9th Mile area along Jawaharlal Nehru Road cut off the Nathu La Pass, that connects India and China and other tourist destinations such as Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir, from Sikkim’s capital Gangtok. In addition, North Sikkim has received heavy rains for the past seven days. 

Reports claim that on Thursday two people were swept away by the Kaljani river in North Bengal’s Alipurduar district. Furthermore, Torsa and Kaljani rivers in Alipurduar district crossed the danger mark after heavy rainfall for two consecutive days. Meanwhile in Jalpaiguri, the Army rescued nearly 72 people, who were stranded due to floods in Mechpara village near Hasimara.

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Manipur government issues ‘no work, no pay rule’ for missing 1 lakh employees

The initiative comes from the general administration who are trying to bring back things to normal in Manipur.

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Manipur government issues ‘no work, no pay rule’ for missing 1 lakh employees

The Manipur government is trying their best to restore peace in the violence-hit state. The BJP led government in the state on Monday issued a no work no pay policy for over one lakh employees who have been away from their offices since the violence broke out in the Manipur on May 3.

The initiative comes from the general administration who are trying to bring back things to normal in Manipur. The administrative secretaries have been asked to furnish details of employees who could not attend their official duties due to the prevailing situation in the state with details such as name, EIN and the present address by June 28.

CM Biren Singh said that the state government and the Centre had been working together to take control of the situation in Manipur. He claimed that no casualty had been reported since June 13. After the ethnic violence escalated in the state of Manipur, the Indian army had made all possible efforts to evacuate government employees and residents from both the hill and the valley districts.

Though the authorities claim that the violence in the northeastern state has been taken under control, the employees are still feared to return to work as they do not want to risk their life and safety. Notably, transfer is not an option for the employees of the general administration. Chief Secretary Vineet Joshi has received applications from senior officials asking to relocate them in some other department which is in their native district. CM Biren Singh chaired a cabinet meeting on June 12 in which it was decided that the ‘No Work No Pay’ rule would apply to all government employees.

Many employees asserts that the ‘no work, no pay’ rule is unfair as the government could not expect the employees to get back to work immediately as the wounds of the ethnic clashes were still fresh in minds of the people.

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Floods in Assam render 5 lakh homeless in 22 districts

As per the latest report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the flood situation in Bajali district is worse as nearly 2.60 lakh people have been affected in the district.

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As the flood situation got worse in Assam on Thursday, nearly 4.96 lakh people have been affected in 22 districts of the state. One person died in Tamulpur after he was drowned in flood waters.

As per the latest report by the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA), the flood situation in Bajali district is worse as nearly 2.60 lakh people have been affected in the district. The descending list is then followed by 77702 people affected in Nalbari, 65221 people in Barpeta, 25613 people in Lakhimpur, 24023 people in Baksa, 19208 people in Tamulpur, 13704 people in Darrang, 6538 people in Kokrajhar district.

The flood has affected 3,46,639 domestic animals have also as reported by ASDMA.

The water level of the Brahmaputra River, which is the lifeline of North-Eastern states in India is flowing above the danger level mark as a result of torrential rain at Neamatighat in Jorhat district. At Dhubri, the Beki River at Road Bridge, Manas River at Nh Road Crossing, Pagladiya River at Nt Road Crossing, and Puthimaririver at Nh Road Crossing has become a reason for floods in Assam. 

The Regional Meteorological Department has issued a yellow alert for Friday, asking people to be on watch and remain updated for heavy rainfall and thunderstorm in Assam.

Many disaster relief agencies including National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Fire & Emergency services, and Civil Defence personnel are engaged in rescue operations, and in the last 24 hours, they have been successful in rescuing 561 flood-affected people. Many people have taken shelter in these relief camps set up by the district administration. 

The administration has also set up relief distribution centers in 11 flood-hit districts in order to give a sigh of relief to the people affected. Moreover, many have taken shelter on roads, highlands, and embankments also to save themselves from the disaster. Many NGOs and locals are also actively participating in helping the state in coping up with the disaster.

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Fresh violence erupts at Manipur, houses dodged to fire

BSF team posted in the rural parts of the district was also attacked by a group of militants.

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Manipur fresh voilence

A fresh violence erupted in Serou village of Manipur’s Kakching district at least 100 houses were set on fire by suspected militants on Sunday midnight, heavy firing between militant groups and security forces was reports in other parts of the district as well, as per the officials. Congress MLA K Ranjit Singh’s house was vandalized by the mob officials confirmed, adding that the MLA and his family escaped unhurt Serou village. This violence happened even after the center announced a commission of inquiry under the supervision of the former Gauhati High Court Chief Justice Ajai Lamba on Sunday.

BSF team posted in the rural parts of the district was also attacked by a group of militants. There were no major causalities on the side of the BSF team but yet to confirm on the other side. The weapon that were stolen by the militants in the violence before from armories, suspected to be used for the attack on the BSF unit. However, in the last 24 hours, security agencies have recovered 23 arms, the total weapons recovered since Thursday is 202. Earlier, the state police briefed that at least 3,500 guns and over 500000 cartridges were stolen by violent mobs from the armories of the Manipur police after clashes broke out on May 3.

The racial violence between the Meitie group and the Kuki & Naga group has engulfed various parts of the state has claimed 98 lives so far and 310 people injured. There are 4,000 cases of firebombing have been reported in the state over 36,000 people have been displaced. To understand the root cause of the violence and why government has failed to restore the normalcy and peace in the Manipur State, we have to be aware about the history and culture of the Manipur.

 There is a conflict in the State between these two groups, Meitei community and Kuki community. The Kuki and Naga are tribes are 40 percent while Meitei community holds 60 percent of the total population. The Meitei community has been dominance in the state and demands the ST status for them which fear the Kuki and Naga tribes who basically live in the hills area about their existence. They think if the (ST) status is given to the Meitei community who are already a dominant community in the State, atrocities continues on them. Earlier, Supreme Court of India slams the Manipur HC order on Meiteis and ST status.

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