Manipur faces unprecedented water crisis
People of Manipur are now facing water crisis compelling people to fight for every drop of water.
The water level at the Singda dam, the major water supply scheme in the state, has gone down drastically. The capacity of the dam is 8 million cubic and now it has about .43 million cubic water which means it has stock of about two weeks.
Major rivers like Nambul, Imphal, Iril are flowing at a low level. Supply of water by private parties have also been stopped. People are buying water at exorbitant prices. If there is no rainfall there is little hope and the state government may declare drought if the problem continues. Deforestation , pollution and global climate change may be responsible for the water crisis according to Public Health engineering officials.
Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and other senior ministers and officials may discuss the problem tomorrow to decide if drought has to be declared.
(Posted on 26-04-2014)