Hill Spews Fire, Panic in Manipur

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Imphal: As tension mounts at Old Wahong Village in Jessami block, Ukhrul district over a volcano like eruption of smoke and ashes, the State Relief and Disaster department has informed that a team of experts from Earth Science, Delhi University left for the village to assess the emission on Saturday.

The eruption has been reportedly continuing for a few weeks now. The department had also sent a six member team of the department for a spot inquiry yesterday. The six member team was accompanied to the village by district officials including the concern SDO.

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Villagers said the eruption in the nearby hill has been continuing for some time, and was first discovered by a hunter who had ventured near it more than a month back.

The discovery led to panic among the villagers who believed it could be the initial stage of a volcano eruption. Meanwhile, the district authority has also announced restriction of mobility in the area to prevent any unwanted accidents.

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