According to locals in Tusom village in Ukhrul district of Manipur, a deafening sound was followed by the rolling down of a huge boulder from a nearby hilltop which then released a lava-like liquid that charred trees and plants on the hill slopes.
Although the incident reportedly occurred on October 13, road link between the district headquarters and Tusom was so bad that it took the villagers several days to reach the information about the matter to the officials concerned, sources said.
The district headquarters is 120km away from the village. No casualty was, however, reported in the incident.
Official reports from the district said mud, water and other discharges were still flowing from the hilltop. Villagers have moved to safer places in the neighbourhood, they added.
Sources said that it would take time to assess whether the event was a volcanic eruption or not.
Deputy Speaker of Manipur Assembly, MK Preshow said that he would lead an official team to assess the damages. Tusom village falls under his Assembly constituency of Chingai.
Preshow said that he would ask officials to take precautionary measures in the area, which falls near border pillar number 129.
Villagers in the said area rely entirely on the Somra area of neighbouring Myanmar for their items of daily use, Preshow said. However, since the road to Somra was blocked following the incident, steps would be taken by the state government to supply the villagers with essential items, Preshow added.


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