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Low lying areas inundated in Dimapur

(L) A flooded scene at GS Road. A house in deluge at Notun Basti, Ao Khel after a heavy rain lashed Dimapur, Sunday afternoon. (NP)
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jul 26 (NPN):
Published on 27 Jul. 2009 12:33 AM IST
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Torrential rains lashed several parts of Dimapur Sunday afternoon lasting almost thirty minutes and leaving in its wake inundated areas spread over various colonies though no loss of life was reported till the time of filing this report. The affected areas among others included- Midland, Khermahal, Dhobinala, Lhomithi, Nuton Basti, New Market etc where water logging displacing at least ten families during the brief but heavy rains that lashed the city, Sunday afternoon. In Midland Colony, at least ten families residing adjoining to the Sewak camp were displaced, when their homes were flooded. Residents of the area said Sunday’s rainfall that caused serious inundation in their homes was an annual occurrence during the monsoon season and blamed on the poor drainage system. On resident, pointed out that the drainage constructed by the Sewak used to be completely blocked by wastes as wire filter (jali) was placed at the mouth of the hume pipes that blocked water instead of allowing it to flow. It was learnt that the residents had earlier requested the chief engineer project Sewak, Nagaland on May 11, 2009 to reconstruct the drainage due to blockage of drains causing water logging. Later, a representation was submitted to the Dimapur Municipal Council chairperson on May 22, 2009 requesting him to take necessary steps. However, no action has been initiated till date from both the authorities. Moreover, despite the sanitation taxes being collected by the DMC office from the residents of Dimapur, no tangible work was evident as drains continue to be clogged with rubbish causing overflow of dirty water to the low lying areas. Meanwhile, following the heavy rainfall, three vehicles with around seven occupants were reportedly stuck at Chathe River near Christian Institute of Health Science Research (CIHSR) 4th mile, Dimapur, police said. Police said around seven youngsters in three vehicles were picnicking at the Chathe River Bridge when a sudden flash flood swept and trapped them in the middle of the river. Police on receiving information, dispatched a recovery van and a fire tender along with some rescue personnel and rescued all the seven persons along with their vehicles. No one was reported injured in the incident.

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