Manipur governor Najma Heptulla and chief minister N. Biren Singh greeted the people of Manipur, “specially the Muslim brethren,” on Id-ul-Fitr, which is set to be low key because of flash floods in the low-lying valley districts since Wednesday.
Heptulla announced donation of a day’s salary while all Raj Bhavan staff will do the same for the flood-affected people of the state. She said she woud not celebrate Id this year in view of the floods. “Let us all resolve to work together for a peaceful and prosperous society,” she said.
Biren Singh said Id-ul-Fitr highlights the spirit of sacrifice and joy of sharing. It reflects the true spirit of the composite culture of Manipur. He wished that Id enriches people’s lives with peace, prosperity and harmony and unite all in the spirit of brotherhood.
About 1.5 lakh families have been affected and more than 12,000 houses in 150 villages damaged, according to government estimates.
The state government has announced ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to each of the five persons who died in the floods and opened more than 100 relief camps in the five affected valley districts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur and Kakching.
Rivers in these districts have breached their embankment at 16 locations. In Imphal East, a breach in the embankment of Imphal river has inundated a large area at Chekon. Large areas of Imphal West, Thoubal and Bishnupur are also under water.
In Imphal East, Relief Centre for the Welfare of Differently Abled Person, Manipur, has distributed food among flood-affected differently abled persons and their families. The SDRF, police, army, CRPF and Assam Rifles are engaged in rescuing marooned victims.
The People for Animals and Jammu and Kashmir Rifles on Friday rescued 25 persons at Shamurou Makhai Leikai in Imphal West. They also rescued cattle and birds.