Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said during the heavy hailstorm in the state around 15,425 houseshold were damaged and the state government has sanctioned a sum of Rs 6.90 crores from State Disaster Relief Fund for a total of 16 districts of Manipur to immediate provide relief materials.

Biren was speaking to reporters at his office.

He said the unprecedented incident of heavy hailstorm occurred on Sunday has affected the Manipur. As per assessment report, a total of 15,425 households were damaged by the heavy hailstorm, till Monday.

Highlighting the data of district-wise, Biren said in Imphal West district 6,053 houses were damaged; 5,600 houses in Imphal East district; 1,179 houses in Bishnupur district; 800 houses in Thoubal district; 120 houses in Kakching district; 200 houses in Ukhrul district; 130 houses in Tengnoupal district; 120 houses in Noney district; 100 houses in Kamjong district; 540 houses in Churachandpur district; 292 houses in Kangpokpi district; 16 houses in Candel district and 275 houses in Tamenglong district while no damage report was received from Jiribam district.

He said the sanctioned funds will be distributed 50 lakhs each for five valley districts and 40 lakhs each for 11 hill districts.

Immediate relief materials has been provided through respective deputy commissioners (DCs). The government has also opened a total of 42 relief camps for the affected families.

Meanwhile, based on the report of selling of Corrugated Galvanised Iron (CGI) sheet at higher rates the government has issued an order to monitor the price hike on CGI sheets.

An order was issued on Monday, which mentioned that “In view of the recent hailstorm and the damages caused by it in the aftermath of the CGI sheets being used as roofing material in many houses across the State, the Deputy Commissioners in the State are hereby directed to monitor the prices of CGI sheets in their respective districts so as to ensure a fair price of CGI sheets in the market.”

The chief minister appealed all the wholesalers, stores selling CGI sheets and essential commodities not to increase the price that was fixed on April 30. He cautioned that the wholesalers and stores should avoid price hike for their vested interest ‘as legal action could be taken up’.

Earlier in last month another hailstorm hits Manipur which affected mostly in hill districts. He said the recent hailstorm partially affected around 4,364 houses were partially damaged in Bishnupur, Jiribam, Senapati, Churachandpur and Pherzawal districts. For the partial damage the government has already provided necessary assistance through concerned DCs.

The heavy storm was a natural calamity and the government is trying at its level best to bring back into normalcy, Biren said.

He appealed all the affected people to contact the grievance cell helpline number or Chief Minister da Haisi for necessary assistance.

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