Remote villages in Kiphire remains cut off; Villagers surviving on maize and kholar

Remote villages in Kiphire remains cut off; Villagers surviving on maize and kholar
Distribution of rice in Kiphire on September 1 (file photo)

Kohima, Sep 7: Deputy Commissioner of Kiphire, Mohammad Ali Shihab has lamented that more than a month after the district was cut off due to landslides, the administration is yet to reach remote villages with relief materials.
Making a presentation during the debriefing of the Inter Ministerial Central Team at Hotel Vivor here last night, Shihab who is also the chairman of DDMA Kiphire said that the main Highway NH-202 connecting Kiphire to Kohima and Tuensang was cut-off at various locations on July 29 last due to torrential rain with major affected location/site being Meluri in Phek district and Yei bridge in Tuensang district.
Since then, he said the normal flow of traffic particularly for good laden heavy vehicle has been badly affected.
Though the Meluri stretch has been restored through bypass road for traffic, the road is not safe for heavy vehicles because the soil of the particular portion is slippery and slushy and even the light vehicles are facing problem as and when it rains, he said. On the other hand, Yei bridge location in Tuensang road is not yet restored, he said.
Due to the road conditions, the normal supply of essential commodities from Dimapur has been affected severely and district is facing acute shortage of rice.
On the relief and rehabilitation works, the DC said that so far the DDMA and District administration has distributed 268 bags (50 Kgs each) of rice from Supply Department, 30 bags received from 7th AR on Governor’s directive, 2 bags (50 Kgs each) of Dal, 150 litres of refined oil, 2 bags (50 Kgs each) of sugar, 20 kgs of milk powder and 20 kgs of tea leaf.
He said that the District administration is even regulating the private markets in distribution of rice and has so far distributed 9 truck loads of rice. He said 6 truck loads came form Jorhat (Assam) via Mokokchung and Aghunato.
Meanwhile, Shihab said that Kiphire district has around 110 villages while the DDMA is not able to reach maximum villages with relief materials due to bad weather condition and damaged roads.
He said that since Kiphire does not produce rice, the villagers in those areas are surviving on local products – kholar and maize.
The Deputy Commissioner sought the immediate attention of the Central Government in restoration of the main National Highway and village roads in order to reinstate normalcy in the district. (Page News Service)