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DEVASTATING UNNATURAL FLOOD IN RIMS RESIDENTIAL AREA

DEVASTATING UNNATURAL FLOOD IN RIMS RESIDENTIAL AREA

PG Hostel 6A housed in a type-VI quarter submerged in water

The recent heavy rainfall and poor drainage system of the Lamphelpat area have led to flooding of the residential complex of RIMS Imphal. This is a recent phenomenon and may be attributed to the rising bed of the Nambul river in consequence of the construction of concrete embankments, the vastly increase catchment area of the drains passing through the RIMS complex and the higher water level of the Nambul river than that of the drains serving the area. This is unnatural since the flood has been caused by interference of the nature with modification by man, poor planning and maintenance of drains and may be too many diversion of drains in Imphal area towards RIMS complex.

We see no respite even after 2 weeks of getting flooded; rather the water level is slowly rising. Many occupants of the quarters and temporarily hostels have been made homeless and had to be accommodated elsewhere as a temporary relief. Apart from the inability of the affected staff to attend to their duties leading to a compromise in the health care of the RIMS Hospital, there are several health issues that might come up. Water-borne diseases, infectious diseases etc. are likely to affect the residents of the affected area. The internal roads and all means of communication

The Flooded Road to Hospital from PG Hostels making students helpless

have been damaged. Repair of the damages of the roads, culverts and residential quarters will take months and years for a complete restoration.

The RIMS authority has requested the IFCD engineers both verbally as well as in writing to kindly get the water pumped out efficiently at the earliest and help prevent occurrence of disease, restore normal life of the occupants of the affected quarters and avert further derangements of provision of health care at RIMS. The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, New Delhi has been apprised of the existing flood situation in RIMS campus and made aware of the facts that we would be needing more funds for repairs of quarters and construction of hostels, mainly for the post-graduate students.

We are hopeful that both the state Government and the Health Ministry at the centre would listen to our woes and help us pull out of the situation and render necessary assistance for rehabilitation and development.

 

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