The women were returning from their paddy fields. State Disaster Response Force of Manipur sent a 14-member rescue team. The villagers along Challou River and SDRF personnel are still looking for the two missing women
TFM Ukhrul Correspondent
State Disaster Response Force of Manipur on Tuesday sent a rescue team comprising 14 members after two women of Poi Village were carried away while crossing a stream called Tholiru near Challou river. The villagers along Challou River and SDRF personnel are still looking for the two missing women.
The two women identified as RS Ngamreila Age, 30, w/o RS Varechung and RK Ramreila, 35, w/o RK Mathotmi of Poi Village were washed away at around 4.50 pm on Monday. Due to continuous heavy rain in the last two days, the water level has risen tremendously.
It is learnt that both the women were returning from their paddy fields. Preshow MK Shimray, Former Deputy Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, has shot off a letter to Chief Minister N Biren Singh for sending rescue teams and also for extending all possible help to the families of the missing women.
Preshow MK Shimray stated, “both of the ill-fated women were returning home from their paddy fields where there is no suspension bridge nearby. Immediately on receiving the news, the villagers went and searched for them at the riverside. But due to the heavy downpour and strong current of the river, the two women could not be traced.
Speaking to this Correspondent, Preshow MK Shimray stated that the areas around Challou River and Rangatak Kong of Phungcham are the major areas for rice fields in the northern part of Ukhrul District. Since the rivers are narrow and deep, the current becomes very strong especially during the rainy season. There is an urgent need for the Government to construct suspension bridges at various locations of Challou and Rangatak river for the safety of farmers.”