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Landslides affect 400 villages & 4000 people in Nagaland

Nagaland chief secretary, Temjen Toy on Sunday said that around 400 villages have been hit by the landslides, affecting at least 4000 families, who have been evacuated to safety.
 
According to DIPR, Toy informed to media persons at Hotel Vivor Kohima, while giving a brief report on the status of the recent incessant rains that have wreaked havoc in all the districts. “Not only were the rains and damages unprecedented but even the response of the various agencies have been unprecedented. The departments, administration and agencies have been tirelessly monitoring and working round the clock,” he said.
 
As far as connectivity was concerned, Toy said the worst affected was Kiphire district. He however said that the 8 km-patch washed away had been restored to some extent and essential commodities could be transshipped. Toy said 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 stated. He further said that ten lives were lost and added that damages could have been much worse had timely awareness and support not been given to the affected people.


 
Toy expressed regret  as he told the media persons that union minister of state for Home, Kiren Rijiju was unable to land at Kohima due inclement weather conditions. Rijiju was scheduled to carry out an aerial survey of the damages across the state.  Temjen Toy also recorded appreciation of officials who had been on the roadside monitoring the repair works. He said that though the repair works being carried out was just a temporary solution, the state needed active technical support and hand holding from the Government of India. He admitted that the state lack the expertise to tackle such situation.
 
Chopper drops: Two air-drops with relief consignments were successful at Noksen and one at Tobu on Sunday by 7 Assam Rifles team, a DIPR report stated. However, they chopper could not land at Kiphire due to bad weather and another attempt would be made on Monday, the report said. DIPR stated that the district administration & DDMA received 30 bags of rice, 100 kg Dal, 10 tins of refined oil (15 litres each), sugar 100 kg, milk 20 kg and tea leaf 20 kg from 7 Assam Rifles for distribution to the affected people.
Kiphire Correspondent adds: According to SDO (C) Kiphire, Longtiba Sangtam, the district administration was trying its best to take stock of the emergency situation but has begun to witness shortage of essential commodities including fuel. He said few essential commodities were brought by light vehicles through an alternate route.  
 
KVGOA offers help: Kohima Village Gazetted Officers’ Association (KVGOA) has offered its help to Kohima district administration in carrying out relief in the State Capital, besides appealing in association with Kohima Village Council to various groups and organisations to help manage the current situation arising out of the natural calamity.
 
~NagalandPost

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