Manipur declares drought-like situation after crop failures in over 70 blocks due to scant rain; seeks relief from Centre

  • Cabinet of Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has declared drought-like situation in state owing to scant rain that have led to crop failures

  • Decision was taken on Saturday to seek relief from the Centre, statement by N Geoffrey, secretary to chief minister, said

  • 'Rain deficit this year has affected crops in over 70 blocks of the state', the statement said

Imphal: The cabinet of Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has declared a drought-like situation in the state owing to scant rain that have led to crop failures in over 70 blocks of the state, a government release said.

 Manipur declares drought-like situation after crop failures in over 70 blocks due to scant rain; seeks relief from Centre

File image of N Biren Singh. PTI

The decision was taken on Saturday to seek relief from the Centre, the statement by N Geoffrey, secretary to the chief minister, said. "Rain deficit this year has affected crops in over 70 blocks of the state. Villages that have witnessed crop failures ranging between 33 percent and more than 50 percent have been categorised as moderately and severely affected," it said.

Prior to the cabinet meeting, the chief minister chaired a high-level emergency meeting with cabinet ministers, MLAs, top officials, deputy commissioners of 16 districts and representatives of agricultural institutes to discuss the situation, it said.

Updated Date: Sep 01, 2019 11:36:52 IST