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Manipur records highest rainfall so far
Correspondent
 IMPHAL, April 5 – The ongoing rainfall in the State is three times higher than that of last year, according to Meteorological (MET) Office sources.

When compared with last year’s record, the ongoing rainfall rate is much higher. The State has recorded around 185.5 mm rainfall till April 2 this year against last year’s 51.1 mm.

Kh Meghachandra Singh, officer in-charge of the MET office Imphal at Tulihal airport, told this reporter that the rainfall now is not unusual. “We experienced a similar rainfall pattern some years back”, the official claimed.

But the continuous rain and thunderstorm which began on March 29 has disturbed the landing of aircraft at the Tulihal airport. An Imphal-bound Indigo aircraft returned to Guwahati without landing here due to low visibility yesterday.

According to MET officials, an aircraft needs clear visibility of not less than 1,500 metres.

Meanwhile, reports of damages caused by hailstones accompanied by strong winds in various parts of the State are pouring in since the past three days. The Government and private NGOs are assessing the damages in order to prepare a report to be submitted to the Government for grant of relief.

MLA Prithibiraj of Moirang distributed relief materials to the affected villagers of Phoubakchao village yesterday while MLA Thangkhonlun of Chandel inspected the cyclonic rain-hit government buildings in Chandel district headquarters.

Reports said that at least 100 houses were destroyed in the nature’s fury in the Chandel district while 500 houses were damaged in various parts of Thoubal district. Imphal West and Imphal East districts have recorded damages to about 50 houses each.

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