A massive earth crack is growing and widening since June 4, 2017 destroying several villages in the Indian state of Manipur.
More than 250 people have been evacuated to a temporary relief camp and are now facing water and power shortage.
By June 5, the fissure destroyed at least 11 houses, while 19 more were on the verge of falling apart. More than 20 paddy fields have been damaged, numerous huge trees have caved in and more land has slid down.
In addition, two huge water bodies have ‘formed near Kalikhola village today while one electric post was also badly damaged.’
The growing fissure
The fissure – now covering more than 5 km (3.1 miles) – is below J Songtun village and is sliding down towards Kalikhola village developing larger fissure in the areas. The PMGSY road connecting IT road and Kalapahar via Makuli has also slid down about 300 meters (980 feet) from the original site. All water pipelines have been badly damaged.
Residents within the vicinity of Kakikhola have been asked not to go in and around the areas as the situation has turned from bad to worse.
Origin of the giant fissure
Dr. Th Ranjit, Associate Professor at DM Collee of Science said in a statement that the phenomenon was triggered by heavy rainfall in the deforested hill slopes which are laden with a thick soil cover.
Referring to local stories that a nearby dormant volcano is waking up, thus causing the fissure, Ranjit said there is ‘no iota of truth in the existence of a dormant volcano in the Koubru range.‘
“Such false alarm was also raised in the State Assembly on August 9, 1989 during the Chief Ministership of Late RK Jaichandra Singh when a similar type of landslide took place in Longakoireng and Bungte Chiru,” he recalled. “There can be no volcanic eruption in the State and the country except in the Andaman Islands,” he concluded.
Let’s hope this giant crack swallowing up homes in Manipur, India will stabilize in the next days.