The week-long edition of the ‘North East Autumn Festival (NEAF)’, a cultural extravaganza to promote eco-tourism in Northeast India, which commenced on October 20, has been canceled due to the devastating impacts of ‘Cyclone Sitrang’.
Organized by Chiko Adventures and supported by the Manipur Tourism, this event held at the Jorcheng Meadow in Lunghar Village of Ukhrul District was scheduled to culminate on October 26.
According to a press release issued by the organizers, the event was canceled “because of unforeseen natural calamity ‘Cyclone Sitrang'”, citing that they tried their best to continue the festival.
The organizers expressed sorrow over the devastating impacts caused by the cyclone, not only affecting the festival but also the livelihood of the residents in Manipur.
“We share this burden with the families who lost their loved ones, livelihood, crops and other resources,” stated the organizers.
“We stand with the families of the two missing persons in Poi village who were washed away by the torrent rain at Tholiru river. This is hard for all of us and we share the sorrow with the families,” it added.
Besides, the organizers expressed gratitude to everyone who helped them and hoped to return again.
It is worth noting that the first edition of Northeast Autumn Festival 2022 kicked off on October 20 amid the picturesque backdrop of Jorcheng Meadow in Lunghar Village of Manipur. Jorcheng is a scenic grassland located 21 km away from Ukhrul town.
This event aimed to promote eco-tourism in North East India and unlock the high tourism potential of the region.