A massive earth crack that developed Sunday morning, June 4, 2017 in the Indian state of Manipur is widening with every passing hour, threatening several villages in the Kangpokpi district to be completely destroyed. 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 Sangai Express reported June 5.  “The origin of the earth fissure is below J Songtun village and it slid down towards Kalikhola village developing larger fissure in the areas and has expanded to a radius of 5 km (3.1 km) approximately now. 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,” the paper said.  READ MORE