Floods Sweep away Homes and Crops in Northeastern Indi

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Heavy Floods in India's north east breach levees. As the Khabi River rises, hundreds of houses and crops are inundated. The people fear a food shortage with the loss of paddy crops.

Heavy floods inundated hundreds of houses and crops, as Khabi river breached levee on Saturday in the valley districts Thoubal and Bishnupur in northeastern India.

With floods destroying the paddy crops, a shadow of food shortage looms large over the people in the Bishnupur district.

It must be mentioned that the embankment gave in for the second time with locals yet to overcome the impact of the first breach.

About 40 houses in the district have been submerged and around 1,000 acres of paddy fields were washed out.

At least two relief camps have been set up for the flood-affected locals at Thangtek village.

One local official who toured the flood area and met the affected people in the relief camps, blamed the local contractors for the floods.

[K. Sarat Singh, Legislator, Konthoujam, Assembly Constituency]:
"The sudden rise in water volume at Malkang river and breach on the embankment of Khabi river has led to the flood. The local contractors dig riverbeds and reconstruct the riverbanks without the consent of the government. This also causes disturbances. However, without the consent and proper technical know-how, the river banks are breached and hence the floods occurred."

Harried by the flood, locals were seen rowing boats to escape to safer places.

Incessant rain has increased the water level of almost all the major districts.