IAF drops essential commodities at Kiphire

IAF drops essential  commodities at Kiphire
Indian Air Force transporting essential commodities through chopper at Kiphire Assam Rifles ground on August 6.
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Dimapur, August 6: The Indian Air Force, which has been pressed into action for distribution of relief in the landslide and flood affected areas of Nagaland, today managed to airlift essential commodities and dropped at Kiphire, which is the most affected district of the state.
The The IAF was requisitioned by the NSDMA on August 2 and the operations began from August 3 deploying two IAF choppers to the affected districts. Due to bad weather and communication problems the first attempt was not successful and the essential commodities could be air lifted only on August 3 to Tenning, Peren district, though the priority focus of the Disaster Response team was to reach Kiphire which is the worst affected district.
During the last four days, food items were dropped by India Air Force in 4 districts. In Tobu, 750 kgs of rice, 60 kgs of Dal, 300 kgs potato, 50 kg salt were dropped. In Tening, 700 kgs rice, 120 kgs dal, 300 kg onion, 300 kg potato, 192 kgs cooking oil, 100 kg salt, 348 kg milk powder, 150 kg sugar and 120 kg tea leaves were dropped in last four days. In Noksen, 1750 kgs of rice, 90 kgs dal, 200 kg onion, 350 kg potato, 156 kg cooking oil, 100 kg salt, 260 kg milk powder, 100 kg sugar and 80 kg tea leaves were dropped. In Kiphire, 1000 kgs of rice, 90 kgs dal, 150 kg onion, 300 kg potato, 96 kg cooking oil, 100 kg salt, 240 kg milk powder, 100 kg sugar, 40 kg tea leaf and 180 mineral water, while in Pungro 1000 kgs of rice, 90 kgs dal, 150 kg onion, 300 kg potato, 96 kg cooking oil, 100 kg salt, 240 kg milk powder, 100 kg sugar, 40 kg tea leaf and 180 mineral water were dropped in last four days.
As the state reels under the effects of monsoon disaster, the state Government has put in all efforts to contain the crisis and also reach out to the affected people through relief distribution. Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister in coordination with the Advisor NSDMA and Advisor Food and Civil Supplies immediately reached out to the affected people in the far flung districts especially the Eastern parts of Nagaland.
The Government activated its whole machinery involving the local communities and the NGOs to address the unprecedented magnitude of disasters that have affected the entire state.
The Chief Secretary who is the chairman of the State Executive Committee, NSDMA immediately notified a single window communication system through the Home Commissioner. The HC in turn issued necessary Government orders and coordinated with the Ministry of Defence IAF for immediate lifting and air dropping of essential commodities to the worst affected districts and also to areas which are likely to be affected.
The Department of Food and Civil Supplies immediately organized and put all the essential commodities in stock ready to be dispatched. The Officers of F&CS department took extra efforts in packaging the essential commodities sourced from different vendors as per the indent of essential commodities as given by the NSDMA, Home Department.
Secretary to Government of Nagaland, Rovilatuo Mor, IAS said that the NSDMA in coordination with the department of F&CS would continue to airdrop essential commodities to affected districts till such a time when normalcy returns to the State.
As a ground force for search and rescue in case NSDMA has also two teams of the 12th NDRF from Arunachal Pradesh and they have been stationed at Kohima and Dimapur.
All the line departments responsible for maintaining road and communication infrastructure are putting in all efforts for restoration of life-line communication routes.
The AON has also been roped in to assist the stranded passengers and vehicles using their specially equipped off road vehicles. They are currently operating between Meluri and Kiphire. (Page News Service)