KANGPOKPI: A massive landslide at Khongnem Thana in Senapati District that had sunken down about 40-50 feet meters of the national highway and caused a 30 feet deep cavity. The landslide was due to incessant rainfall since the past few days in the district and has cut off the state capital with rest of the world through National Highway 2, the main lifeline of the state.
Khongnem Thana is located approximately 12 kilometer north of Senapati Police Station under Senapati District. The massive sinking of the land occurred in the afternoon of Friday at around 4:30 pm in which a loaded truck belonging to Satyam Industry situated near Taphou Kuki village in Kangpokpi District had been swept down by the sinking land.
Two JCB working at the site were also swept down but with the arrival of a crane from the BIPL, the two JCB were recovered at around midnight yesterday.
More than 20 vehicles including loaded heavy vehicles and light vehicles are stranded along both sides of the highway. The locals and witnesses expected that it would take at least a week to cut a new motorable road.
The District Administration and SP Senapati had immediately rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation. The local residents helped in cutting a new pathway for stranded passengers of light vehicles who are in an emergency.
BIPL officials had been quoted saying they will wait for the Ministry of Road Transport and state PWD to come and find out means to cut a new passable passage in the areas.
Meanwhile, a team from the state capital Imphal including Addl. Chief Secretary, Govt.of Manipur had reportedly visited the site today though details could not be ascertained at time of filing this report.
Senapati District Students’ Association (SDSA) and Maram Students’ Union (MKS) provided assistance to the stranded passengers and vehicles since last night.