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Manipur: Lightning Strike Injures Farmers and IDP Near Loktak Lake

A lightning strike during a thunderstorm near Manipur's Loktak Lake injures four farmers and an IDP.

Manipur: Lightning Strike Injures Farmers and IDP Near Loktak Lake

Sentinel Digital Desk

IMPHAL: In a startling incident near Loktak Lake in Manipur, a thunderstorm unleashed its fury, resulting in injuries to four farmers and an Internally Displaced Person (IDP). The unfortunate occurrence took place at Keimang Loukon, situated between Keirenphabi and Khuga villages, within Manipur's Bishnupur district.

Reports indicate that the lightning strike occurred while the farmers were diligently working in a paddy field. Among the victims, one farmer sustained grievous injuries, underscoring the unpredictable and devastating nature of such natural disasters. Following the incident, all the injured individuals were swiftly transported to the Moirang Health Community Centre to receive essential medical treatment.

However, the misfortune did not stop there. The IDP, already facing hardships due to being displaced, found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. The IDP suffered injuries while seeking shelter at a relief camp in Moirang when they accompanied the four farmers to the nearby paddy field. This highlights the additional challenges faced by displaced persons, who are often forced to live in precarious conditions as they seek refuge from various crises.

It is crucial to note the context of this incident. Manipur has been grappling with ethnic violence that erupted earlier in the year, displacing over 60,000 individuals. These displaced persons have sought shelter in different relief camps across the state, where they attempt to rebuild their lives amidst the ongoing turmoil. The lightning strike incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerability faced by these individuals, who are already coping with the traumatic effects of displacement.

The lightning strike near Loktak Lake in Manipur has left a trail of injuries, affecting both local farmers and an IDP seeking shelter in a relief camp. This incident underscores the unpredictability of natural disasters and the additional challenges faced by displaced persons in a region already plagued by ethnic violence. It is a stark reminder of the urgent need for support and resilience-building efforts to protect vulnerable populations in such volatile environments.

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