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Kiphire is slowly running out of essential commodities with little rice and flour left in the shops for sale due to landslides on all the highways and district roads connecting Kiphire for more than a week now.
Sources from Food and Civil Supplies department said that there is hardly few thousand kilos of rice in store and the department is in a fix as the truck loaded for Kiphire had to unload the stock at a department godown in Dimapur due to landslide problem.
With the shops in the town getting emptier by the day, citizens in the district are left to the mercy of nature to restore the roads so that goods trucks reach Kiphire on time. According to Tsilise, a civil society member, it took him three days to reach Kiphire through the bypass road. No one knows how long it will take to restore the roads as some portion of the affected roads is in sinking zone so it will take even more time for goods trucks to ply.
Tsilikyu, President of Citizens Welfare Society, Kiphire, while sharing his concerns expressed gratitude to the Kiphire District Administration and the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) for addressing the problems faced by the people in the district; they also sent Sumos to pick the passengers who are stuck half way at Meluri and arranged vehicles for sick patients and students whose exams are due.
A departmental store stockist disclosed that couple of goods trucks are stuck in Meluri and could not proceed further; the only solution is to send smaller vehicles from Kiphire to the sinking zone near Meluri and reload the goods.
The Kiphire District Administration Kiphire expressed gratitude to the Phek District Administration, ADC Meluri establishment, youths and citizens of Meluri who are camped near the landslide zone. They are voluntarily extending all possible help towards clearing of jungle, clearing for fresh cutting, reloading of goods from truck to smaller vehicles towards Kiphire, etc.
Representatives from the District Administration also said that the roads have now been cleared for small vehicles taking bypass for emergency, especially for the sick and students as a temporary alternative; if it rains it will not be possible to take that road. However they and the DDMA managed to collect some ration and other goods from stranded trucks in Meluri on August 3.
They also disclosed that there are two major landslide locations but they are concentrating only on one as of now where fresh cutting is going on, and on the other location due to less man power and machineries, they are unable to work.
Sources from the Kiphire District Administration also disclosed that the district is facing acute shortage of fuel. Though the administration has seized the keys to all the petrol stations, the administration remained concerned that the fuel will run out in a few days.
One fuel station managed said, if the oil tanker which is stuck at Meluri reaches in couple of days there may not be a problem, but if it doesn’t, then it will be a big problem for the entire district as all roads for bigger vehicles have been completely cut off and there are no more routes for oil tankers to reach Kiphire.
It may be mentioned that the IAF chopper MI17 attempted to drop essential commodities to Kiphire twice but failed both times due to bad weather. DIPR reported that two sorties with relief consignments were successful at Noksen and one at Tobu on August 5 but could not land in Kiphire due to bad weather; the pilots and flight engineers have been taken care of at central police mess and their relief consignments are under the custody of 1NAP Quarter Guard in order to give another attempt to Kiphire today.
Meanwhile, the 7 Assam Rifles led by Lt. Col. UK Pandey today handed over 1500 kg rice, 100 kg dal, 150 litre Mustard oil, 100 kg sugar, 20 kg milk and 20 kg tea leaves as relief material to the district administration which was received by Longdiba SDO (c) HQ Kiphire.~MExN