Imphal, Apr 15 : Two persons were reported dead and over a dozen persons were injured today as heavy rainfall accompanied with gale hit the state. Hundreds of houses were blown away at many places. There was panic as trees were uprooted and traffic stopped at most roads as people could not see properly and vehicles could not move easily. Telephone, electricity services were also disrupted.
Officials were trying to collect data of the losses as reports were coming in from all parts of the state. In Churachandpur district two persons were reported to have died after they were hit by falling objects. State Chief Electoral Officer, PK Singh meanwhile informed the Election Commission that there was a massive thunderstorm, accompanied by high speed winds, that lashed across the State. It has been reported that there has been substantial loss to property. Cases of deaths have also been reported. The
State Government is in the process of assessing the damage. Immediate relief measures will be required to be initiated at the earliest as the Inner Manipur Parliamentary Constituency is going to poll on the 18th of this month i.e. three days from now. As per the Model Code of Conduct , "Emergent relief works and measures that are aimed to mitigate the hardships, directly and solely, of the persons affected in a disaster may be taken up under intimation to the Election Commission."
All DEOs have been asked that relief works, if undertaken, 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. The Chief Secretary has also been apprised of the instruction. (UNI)