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Massive landslide cuts NH-2; Advisor Zale inspects

landslide July 28

Kohima, July 28: Incessant rain in Kohima for the last several days has been creating havoc in various places with National Highway-2 connecting Kohima-Mao Gate in Manipur being totally cut off today.
Though the NH-2 is intact but massive landslide from the terrain, some 600 meter above the main road blocked the NH between 4-5 p.m., said Advisor for Youth Resources & Sports, MLA Zale Neikha who rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation on hearing about the calamity.
The mudslide along with forest cover has completely cut the Highway, which is a lifeline to several Angami villages in Southern Angami region and also neighbouring Manipur state, he said while expressing fear that continuation of the inclement weather condition would even take away the major portion of the road and bridge near FCI Godown in Phesama village.
Concerned owners of JCB from Phesama village tried to clear the mudslides but were unable to do so due to darkness, Zale said while lamenting that Border Road Organization were bringing in their equipments to clear the mudslides for passage of vehicular traffic.
Meanwhile, Zale also inspected the landslide occurred at Viswema village which has not only completely cut off Viswema to Zuketsa road but also damaged at least 7 houses, causing severe affects on three RCC and four hill type.
At least four families were rendered homeless but have been provided shelter within families and relatives, Zale said. Interacting with affected families, Zale assured them to take up the matter with urgency at the government level.
The Advisor also pulled in the Kohima District Disaster Management Authority to provide immediate relief.
Zale also inspected damage caused in Khuzama village.
Meanwhile, reports of massive landslides have been reported from colonies within Kohima Municipality – Old Ministers’ Hill, Paramedical and Agri colony. However, no loss of life and property is reported.
It may be mentioned that incessant rains has created havoc across the state triggering landslides and if the rain continues, the mudslides would wash away y the bridge and a portion of National Highway-29 which connects Manipur-the main lifeline of that state. The mudslide would also affect the bypass road which connects Naga heritage village Kisama-the venue of Hornbill Festival.
There was also huge landslide between Phesama and Kisama a couple of years back.
Illegal stone quarrying and random cutting of link roads are also responsible for landslides along the highways.
But as usual after much damage, the State Government has pressed few of its machineries in Kohima to clear the clogged and overflowing drains and sewerages.
Sanuoru River Bridge connecting State Secretariat and State Assembly is also about to collapse if rain continues as there is a landslide under the bridge. The narrow road which connects the Secretariat might also be washed away anytime by the waters of the Sanuoru River.
To reach the Secretariat and State Assembly people would have to take either Don Bosco School-Billy Graham road or Meriema village road. (Page News Service)