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Incessant rain in Kohima distirct for the last several days has been creating havoc in various places with National Highway-2 connecting Kohima-Mao Gate in Manipur totally cut off today due to a massive landslide triggered by the rain.
The landslide which occurred between 4-5 pm Saturday evening in Phesama village jurisdiction has completely blocked the Highway, which is a lifeline to several Angami villages in Southern Angami region and also neighbouring Manipur state.
The landslide occurred near Varü River close to the FCI Godown. Residents at Phesama informed that the mudslide had gradually been occurring the past days following incessant rain in Kohima. Light vehicles were diverted to the Pfüchama-Lerie road.
Three houses were destroyed in the landslide however no casualties were reported. Due to the intensity of the disaster, official sources at the spot stated it is still unsafe for personnel to clear the road tonight. Further the official source said, “We cannot see beyond the hill as the debris keeps falling in huge bulk. For now, we cannot determine the cause whether it is a landslide or caused by the stone quarries at the area.”
Er. Zale Neikha, Advisor for Youth Resources & Sports who rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation on hearing about the calamity expressed apprehension that continuation of the inclement weather condition would even take away major portion of the road and bridge near FCI Godown in Phesama village.
Concerned owners of JCB excavators from Phesama village tried to clear the mudslides but were unable to do so due to darkness. Er.Neikha said the Border Road Organisation was bringing in their equipments to clear the mudslides for passage of vehicular traffic.
Meanwhile, Er. Neikha also inspected the landslide which occurred at Viswema village. The landslide damaged at least seven houses. At least four families were rendered homeless, the Advisor said. Interacting with the affected families, he 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. He also inspected damage caused in Khuzama village.~MExN