Manipur cut off as crucial Barak Bridge collapses near Imphal


The crucial Barak Bridge located along the National Highway-102 collapsed this morning, cutting off land-locked Manipur from rest of the nation, an official said.

The bridge collapsed when a 10-wheeler goods-laden truck was going through it, a transport department official stated, including that the structure was in a fragile condition since last night.

This has left around 200 goods-laden trucks coming from Jiribam town to Imphal stranded. Repairing works are being carried out on war-footing, the official said.

The Barak Bridge is located along the Imphal-Jiribam highway and goes through the hill district of Tamenglong.

The highway, considered as the second lifeline of the border state, assumed greater importance after a massive landslide at Viswema in neighboring Nagaland removed the major Imphal-Dimapur national highway.