At least 7 drown; properties worth crores & arterial roads damaged in Nagaland

At least 7 drown; properties worth crores &  arterial roads damaged in Nagaland
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Kohima, July 30: In Nagaland, at least 7 persons have drowned while properties worth crores of rupees damaged and several major roads, including National Highways cut off due strong river current and landslides caused by incessant rain during the past several days, official sources said today.
“Inclement weather condition in the state during past few weeks have been creating havoc and lots of damage of roads, private and government properties are reported from various places,” said Chief Secretary Temjen Toy while addressing a press conference at his chamber conference hall in Secretariat today.
More importantly, he said “what has been happening in and around Kohima is a matter of grave concern and an emergency meeting of all the agencies was held today to discuss the damages caused mainly to roads and properties.
In Kohima at least two females – mother and daughter drowned yesterday by the river current at Dzücharü while till date at least 7 roads have been damaged due to incessant rain and around 25 houses damaged, informed Deputy Commissioner, Rajesh Soundarajan, who is also the chairman of Kohima District Disaster Management Authority.
He said that the mother was retrieved alive and undergoing treatment in a private hospital while the daughter’s body was retrieved today by the State Disaster Rescue Force.
OSD NSDMA Johnny Ruangmei informed that 5 persons were washed in a river at Huker village in Tuensang district today. While the search and rescue team has retrieved the body of two from a river in Ahunato under Zunheboto district, search is in progress for three of them, he said.
Sources said that all the boys were from Huker village in Tuensang had gone for swimming at Tsutha river and were washed away. They were currently residing in Aghunato town.
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Stating that it is embarrassing that the state capital should be cut off to some degree as of now, the Chief Secretary informed that 7-8 roads have been damaged in and around the state capital which include Mohonkhola near Dzüvürü, NH-2 Phesama near FCI Godown, sinking at Kisama gate, Naga Bazaar, Secretariat Road at Sanuorü, Seikhazou-BSF camp (Keyake) road, BSF camp-Medical College-Secretariat, NBCC Convention Hall to New High Court junction, NH-2 High Court junction to IG Stadium.
Admitting that there has been varied degree of casualness for the cause of the calamities on the part of some of the agencies involved in road maintenance, he also said that it is not only the responsibility of the agencies and government alone but also the irresponsible behavior of citizens when it comes to drain blockade.
He said that action need to be initiated for smooth flow of traffic and adequate availability of essential commodities and the educational institutions are not affected.
Declaring an emergency state, he said that all the technical officers in and around Kohima will be put to assigned duties to make sure firstly to clear all the blocks. Secondly, the sinking portion of the various roads, including the National Highway-2 would also be addressed immediately.
This is some kind of an emergency all resources are being pulled and we have taken a break from normal work and all the technical officers and available manpower will be put on the ground so that the traffic will not be disturbed.
On closure of education institutions due to the inclement weather, he said, “We have reviewed the matter with the school education department and presently there is no need to close down the schools because we hope that that all the arterial road of Kohima will be restored and functional by tonight”.
He however appealed to the public to “please refrain from littering the drains because the litters block the drains and the culverts, which leads to such subsidence and landslides”.
There is a role for all of us to play, he quipped, adding that engineers have taken stock of the situation and prevention of further subsidence is being taken.
On shortage of essential commodities, including POL and other products, he appealed the denizens of Kohima not to resort to panicky as we have adequate stock and all efforts are being made to make sure that supply of essential commodities are not stopped. Number of private and government property have also been damaged and immediate relief provided through the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, he said.
Meanwhile, BRO informed that NH-702 connecting Tuensang-Mon districts have been cut off with massive slide, which was washed away the road while the culverts is also on the verge of being taken away. He however said that work is in progress to divert the road with fresh opening.
NH-29 between Kohima-Pfutsero was cut off at Mesulumi village with water washing away the diversion road, he said adding restoration work in progress while light vehicles are passing through the old bridge.
The Chief Secretary informed that the government has decided that all the agencies will put in all the available resources and take up works on emergency basis to make sure that the roads are cleared.
Fresh landslides, sinking of roads affect vehicular traffic
Fresh landslides and sinking have occurred in several places in and around Kohima due to heavy down pouring, which could even cut off Kohima from the rest of the country, as all roads leading to Kohima have been affected.
The main road which connects Secretariat and State Assembly has been closed due landslide and sinking at Suonuro river. The footbridge constructed by the 4 NAP also collapsed this morning. Another road which connects Secretariat and Assembly via Meriema village has also been affected due to sinking and landslides in several places.
If rains continue National Highway passing through Meriema which connects Wokha and Mokokchung will also be cut off. Currently due to landslide on NH-29 traffic has been diverted via Meriema-10 Mile-Peducha-Dimapur.
Fresh landslide and sinking have occurred on NH-29 near Faith Theological College, some 5 km from Kohima, making difficult for even small vehicles to ply.
Now the only alternative road which connects the two power hubs is via Don Bosco School-Kohima College-Billy Graham road. A landslide has also occurred below Kohima College making difficult for to and fro for the residents of the area.
Another fresh landslide and sinking has also occurred between KMC parking and Kohma Science College Jotsoma, while overflowing drain near Ministers’ Hill Higher Secondary School has remained unattended by the Government, leaving to the nature to take its own course of action. The overflowing drain has damaged the entire stretch of road down to jail area. This evening angry residents were working on the road adding that the district administration has issued a seven days notice to people to remove pipes which are blocking the drain.
At Naga Hospital Colony landslide damaged two houses and inmates had a narrow escape. Another wall collapsed at Merhulitsa colony and damaged one government quarter.
Road between BSP camp (Phek-Zunheboto road) via Kitsubozou has also been snapped due to sinking of road.
Another road connecting between BSF Camp and Medical College site has also been cut off.
Elsewhere in the State a huge mudslide has occurred between Tobu and Tuensang. The road has been completely cut off.
In the meantime some schools at Kohima today declared half holiday due to heavy rain. At least one school has declared holidays for junior sections till roads are restored and traffic is normalized.
Government has asked people not to panic and directed concerned departments and agencies to remain on high alert.
Traffic Advisory
Due to sinking of road near Soul Harvest church, Daklane and New Secretariat road near Sanuoru bridge, the following traffic regulations are hereby made;
From 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. : – One way traffic for light vehicles from NHAK Junction (Entry Point) to Census/Pezielietsei (Tinpatti) Junction (Exit).
From 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. : – One way traffic for light vehicles from Census/Pezielietsei (Tinpatti) Junction (Entry Point) to NHAK Junction (Exit).
Vehicles going towards New Secretariat are advice to take Tinpatti – Don Bosco – Billy Graham road and coming towards town areas are advice to take Secretariat – Billy Graham – Don Bosco via Kitsubozou.
Light vehicles going down to Dimapur via Zhadima – Nuiland road shall be closed for all vehicles till further notice.(Page News Service)