Iril River

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The Iril River is a river that runs through the eastern suburbs of the city of Imphal in the state of Manipur, India. The name Iril derives from two words Ee and Rei/Ree. The Meitei word Ee, which means blood, and the word Rei/Ree, of Poumai origin, means river. It would be appropriate to call the Iril the "river of blood".


It originates from Lakhamai village, and flows through Ngamju Village. (The people of Ngamju called it Vaeri.) Ngamju is a Poumai Naga village situated along the bank of the Iril River. The river then runs through Saikul, Sagolmang area and flows through Lamlai, Top, Naharup, Pangong, and Irilbung before it joins with the Imphal River. It is fed with fresh water from the streams, very clear. The water supplies a plant located in Porompat. It is one of the headstreams of the Manipur River.[1] The Iril River still has a large population of endangered indigenous fish called ngaton, Meitei sareng. These fish are captured by local fisherman in the months of July and August.


  1. ^ Sutapa Sengupta (2006). Rivers and Riverine Landscape in North East India. Concept Publishing Company. p. 19. ISBN 978-81-8069-276-5.