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Rio seeks Centre’s assistance for natural disaster in state, writes to PM Modi

Neiphiu Rio

Dimapur, August 1: Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today said that the state Government is making all possible efforts in facing the challenges of heavy and incessant rains, which have caused immense damage all over the state and added that appropriate measures have been put in place to ease the difficulties of the people.
He disclosed that the administration, police and other agencies including the NSDMA are constantly monitoring the situation and necessary interventions are being carried out. He said the government machinery has been put on high alert and possible measures and preparedness exercises have been put in place.
The government is also closely monitoring the availability of essential commodities and making arrangements to ensure maintenance of sufficient stock, he said adding, relief and rehabilitation measures will be carried out in every possible manner.
While sharing sincere concern with all the citizens who are going through difficulties, Rio appealed to all sections to remain calm and extend cooperation to the agencies, who are battling the challenges.
“During such challenging times, the encouraging aspect is the emergence of the strong social fabric that our Naga society and culture is known for. It is crucial that we come together as a family and face the difficulties jointly under a spirit of oneness,” he stated.
Stating that the government is alive to the situation, he said there are situations where the fury of nature cannot be overcome but the Government machineries are monitoring the overall situation round the clock.
While sharing concern with all sections, he appealed for cooperation and joint efforts from all sections of society.
The Chief Minister also extended sympathies and condolences to those families who have lost precious lives and shared his concern with those whose lives have been disrupted due to the forces of nature.

Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio today urged Prime Minister, Narendra Modi for immediate interim Central assistance and intervention to rescue the state from a crisis like situation.
In a letter to Prime Minister, the Chief Minister stated that Nagaland has been receiving unprecedented heavy rainfall for the last few weeks, which has resulted in several natural calamities all over the state. He stated that landslides and sinking zones have created immense damage on public infrastructure all over the State as also caused loss to life and property.
Stating that national and State highways have been cut off and many district connectivity roads have become unmotorable, Rio stated that road communication and connectivity have been adversely impacted and even the NH 29 that connects to Manipur has been cut off for several days now.
Other infrastructure that has been damaged include power lines and communication networks. Supply of essential commodities to all the district headquarters including petroleum products has not been possible and stocks are getting depleted. The aspirational district of Kiphire has been cut off from all directions, the letter stated.
Rio also mentioned that precious lives have been lost, houses have been swept away and many families have been displaced in most of the districts due to landslides and sinking zones. In the foothills and plain areas floods have created enormous damage to life and property, adding entire colonies and villages have been submerged.
Rio informed the Prime Minister that government agencies in coordination with Nagaland Disaster Management Authority have been making all out efforts for restoring damaged infrastructure and taking measures for relief and rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, Nagaland Home Commissioner, R Ramakrishnan, IAS has appraised the Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs and Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Government of India about the crisis situation being faced by the State of Nagaland due to heavy rain and thunderstorm which has disrupted normal life in the State for the past few days.
He informed that the State Capital, Kohima along with almost all districts particularly Phek, Kiphire and Tuensang have been cut off for two days due to numerous landslide cause by incessant rains. He also informed that so far six persons have been washed away in the floods and many have evacuated from the damaged/collapsed houses in the landslide areas.
The Home Commissioner has sought immediate assistance from the Central Government and its various agencies including the Indian Para Military and Military forces, Indian Air Force and National Disaster Response Force to assist the State machineries in coping with the challenges caused by the heavy rains.
The Air Force has also been requested to help out the State Government in lifting and dropping of commodities to the far flung districts cut off by the landslides.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India has made available Choppers to be deployed for airlifting of essential commodities in affected Districts. (Page News Service)