Landslides continue in state; 4000 families evacuated

Landslides continue in state; 4000 families evacuated

Kohima, August 5: Heavy down pouring last night has triggered more landslides here at Kohima and also other parts of the State.
A fresh landslide has occurred near Faith Theological College, on National Highway-29. With this latest landslide NH-29 has been completely cut off again. The only alternative supply road to Kohima-10 Mile Tsiesema village via Peducha is also under threat due to landslide in few places.
So far there is no report of shortage of essential commodities and fuel but people are in a panic mood.
Nearly hundred houses have been damaged and scores of families have been displaced but so far there was no report of relief or assistance from the State Government.
The Government had sent an SOS to the Union Government as usual.
At least 10 people have lost their lives during this monsoon, while several fields and properties worth crores damaged by landslide and raging water.
To mitigate the suffering of the people Government has pressed into action the Indian Air Force (IAF) which is delivering foods to the stranded and displaced people in Peren and Noksen in Tuensang district. There was also a report that Satoi area in Zunheboto district has been cut off from the rest of the state.
It is reported that two sorties with relief consignments were successful at Noksen and one at Tobu today. However, they could not land at Kiphire due to bad weather but the pilots and flight engineers have been taken care off at central police mess and their relief consignments are under the custody of 1NAP Quarter Guard in order to give another attempt to Kiphire tomorrow.
District Administration & DDMA received 30 bags of rice, 100 kg Dal, refined oil of 10 tin of 15 litres each, sugar 100kg , milk 20 kg and tea leaf 20 kg from 7 Assam Rifles for distribution to the poor and needy who have been affected by landslides.
In Kiphire, Assam Rifles donated food stuffs to the affected families.
4000 families evacuated: CS
Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy today said that almost 4000 families have been evacuated due to damage to habitations, almost 400 villages have been affected by landslides, which bring to fore the kind of works and relief measures involved that need to be taken.
Addressing media persons at Kohima today, the Chief Secretary said none of the districts have been spared.
“Not only were the rains and damages unprecedented but even the response of the various agencies have been unprecedented. Various departments’ administration and agencies have been working admirably well round the clock,” he said.
Chief Secretary said as far as connectivity is concerned the worst affected is Kiphire District, the 8 Km patch that was washed away have been restored to some extent and essential commodities have been transshipped.
He informed that some affected people did not even have enough food to last for a day at Kiphire. “We have made successful droppings of rations at Tening but Kiphire, Tobu and others were unsuccessful because of bad weather, we hope that in the next few days the situation will improve,” he further stated.
He also acknowledged the officials who have been on the roadside monitoring the repair works. The work that is being carried out is a band aid kind of solution, what we need to look forward is a permanent solution and for that we need active technical support and hand holding from the Government of India because these are areas we do not have the experience, Toy asserted.
He further informed that ten lives have been lost in the state, and added the damages could have been worse if timely awareness and support were not given to the affected people. (Page News Service)