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‘Emergency like situation’ in Nagaland due to incessant rains: CS


Dimapur, July 31: Nagaland Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy, IAS today took stock of the alarming situation arising out of unremitting monsoon rain in the state. The incessant heavy rain over the past one month had devastated the state as there were reports of heavy damage to major roads, loss of properties and agriculture.
As a result many major roads connecting district Headquarters and other major towns have been cut off in different parts of the state.
Addressing the meeting, Chief Secretary said the state is under emergency-like- situation and many district headquarters including the state capital Kohima is threatened to be cut off completely.
As such he called on the high officials attending the meeting to gear up more efforts to see that major roads connecting all district headquarters are not completely cut off. He said concerned department should ensure that atleast one life-line should be maintained to connect the towns.
He also discussed threadbare with the officers about impending danger of shortage of essential commodities and fuel.
Reviewing the road connectivity between Kohima and Dimapur, he urged the NPWD officers to deploy adequate manpower and machineries to fight against fury of the nature such as landslides and sinking of the roads caused by the incessant rains.
He also informed that he is in touch with top army officers and other agencies to get their assistance if situation goes from bad to worse.
Temjen Toy said that they are willing to extend assistance to the state agencies. If situation called for airdropping of essential commodities would be sought to those areas which had remained completely cut off for days, Temjen Toy said.
Chief Secretary also expressed his worry on impounding water at Sidzu river following a major landslide thereby completely blocking Sidzu river. It has caused imminent threat to the habitations downstream. NSDMA officials informed the meeting that precautionary measures have been taken.
Temjen Toy called upon the NSDMA to do necessary action to see that there is no loss of live or to atleast minimise the damage by way of taking adequate pre-emptive measure in the event of the worse happening. At this time of emergency-like situation, “I strongly urged all agencies to remained united and alert saying that the onus at this time of emergency is not only lies with few departments such as NPWD, NSDMA, administration and police”.
Commissioner, Nagaland M Patton apprised of the meeting about the current road connectivity of all the district headquarters and other major towns. He said, as per report from DCs the situation is very alarming and coordinated action is the need of the hour he said. He also said that he is updating the situation with district administration round the clock.
DGP, Nagaland John Longkumer informed the meeting that information has been sent to all SPs and Battatlion Headquarters to remain on the move to extend all assistance when call for.
The meeting was attended among others by Ramakrishnan, Home Commissioner, Menukhul John, Principal Secretary, School Education, Himato Zhimomi, Commissioner and Secretary H&FW, Bendangkokba, Commissioner & Secretary, Works and Housing, Limadongdang, Chief Engineer, R& B, Lima Akum S.E (NH) and Talisunep, Addl S.P Kohima. (Page News Service)