With the PDS rice making a rare entry in the interior county, famine as predicted has began to take its toll as many a villager had to rely on the meager supply from across the neighbouring State of Mizoram. “Even for those who possess money rice for purchase was simply not available in our village”, the source quoted Suanthang Chief of Sinzawl the border village as saying.
Similar claims were made by chief of Songtal Tualzathang, about 120 kms from here. In fact, some of the villagers in these hard hit regions were so desperate that they now beg on the otherwise dreaded armed outfits active in the regions, added the source. The reaction of these armed outfits approached by villagers ‘in the balance’ was not immediately known.
The shortage of rice in these far flung and hostile regions were aggravated by frequent landslides in the bordering state, wherein most of the villagers rely on to meet their ends. As the PDS supply for the region still not in sight and at least five landslides interrupting traffic along the Tipaimukh Road, Guite Road and Henglep Road, the situation may go out of hand if it remains unchecked said the apprehensive source that has a first hand account on the gravity of the situation.
In fact, concern over the various disturbing story it has bump into in recent days the Manipur Hills’ Journalist Union (MHJU) has planned to tour the interior for the second time to obtain a true picture of the sufferings in the interiors.
The Sangai Express