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Major landslides in Kohima

A view of houses damaged by landslides in Daklane area, Kohima, Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent: Kohima, 16 Aug 2008
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Published on 17 Aug. 2008 12:19 AM IST
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With incessant rains hitting the state capital Kohima, several colonies have been affected by landslides, mudslides and sinking.
The affected colonies include Daklane, New Market, Officer’s Hill and Naga Hospital colony and PR Hills area, where several houses were damaged and retaining walls collapse due to landslides and sinking.
On Saturday afternoon, a retaining wall collapsed in Daklane area and in the process damaged some houses. However, there was no report of casualty or injury on the residents.
The area was reported to have been sinking since last few days due to the rains. Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) member of Daklane ward Neivor Rutsa and Daklane Panchayat chairman Dominic Yazokie visited the site and took stock of the situation.
Residents here viewed that the state government should take remedial steps to check the frequent occurrence of landslides, especially improving the drainage system, which is one of the root causes of landslides.
In New Market area too, several houses were affected by the sinking phenomenon and large craters could be seen in many places.
It may be mentioned that in 2003, around 100 houses were damaged in New Market due to heavy landslides.
Earlier this week, some government quarters were also damaged due to landslides in PR Hill area.
Meanwhile, with the rains showing no sign of stopping, several stretches on NH-39 between Kohima and Dimapur have been severally affected, the worst being below the KMC dumping area and many heavy vehicles were seen stranded on the roads along the NH-39.
On Friday, the chief minister in his Independence Day address informed that the State government was taking up projects for improved road connectivity, and the Dimapur and Kohima bye-passs, on a war footing.
With five a national highways crisscrossing the state and the four laning of NH- 39 taking shape, the government decided to create a new “National Highway” way under Road & Bridges department to be headed by a chief engineer, the chief minister announced.

 
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