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Flood-havoc in Dimapur: Poor drainage brings misery

(Clockwise from top) Water gushing inside the house of a resident in Lotha colony, Thursday night; Transformer partially submerged in water; garbage blocking the drainage, Dobhinala junction; shops submerged underwater in Zeliangrong colony and houses behind DDSC stadium on Friday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 17 (NPN)
Published on 18 Jun. 2011 1:06 AM IST
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: A combination of factors such as lack of proper drainage system and blocked drains again led to massive inundation in several areas of Dimapur after a heavy downpour Thursday led to flash floods.
A few thousand houses including shops were inundated with four to five feet deep rain water while people in at least ten colonies had to abandon homes. Estimates of losses ran into several lakh rupees.
Localities like-Lotha colony, Lomithi colony, Zeliangrong colony, Dhobinala, Burma camp area, Nagarjan, Riverbelt colony and houses located behind DDSC stadium etc. were worst affected.
Even the main transformer opposite the SBI Bazar branch was almost submerged under water, posing serious danger. Residents said despite several complaints to relocate the transformer, it went unheeded.
A senior council member of Lotha Kyong colony, Tachow Tsopoe, blamed a well known construction company for the poor quality of the drainage system constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.4 crore in 2005-06 from Lotha colony to Viola colony.
He said colony residents objected to issuance of No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the contractor, but a former GB, without the knowledge of the colony issued the NOC and as a consequence, was removed from the post.
Further, he alleged that no construction was made for the main drainage between Lotha colony and Dimapur Govt. College resulting in perennial flooding in the area.
He said the company which was asked to construct the main drainage, responded that the work would be taken up only at the second phase. Even pleas to minister in-charge, DC and DMC, fell into deaf ears.
Thursday night’s downpour affected more than 100 houses in Lhomithi colony, especially from Sitlabari to Army gate (behind Pranabananda Women’s college) and areas around Oriya Bengali gaon. Households were inundated with over three to four feet rain water.
According to a resident, flooding began at around 9.30 p.m. Thursday and situation worsened after 11 p.m. The cause of flooding was blamed on dumping of garbage that blocked drains.
Residents of River Belt colony were forced to stay awake the whole of Thursday night as water continued to flood their homes. Although rains stopped, rain water from Assam side continued to rise, affecting scores of houses in low lying areas.
Meanwhile, the Dhansiri River Flood Control Board (DRFCB) pointed out that the current season’s rainfall has left most of the roads and low-lying areas in “temporary flood-like” situation.
In a statement, chairman and secretary DRFCB, Hokheto Kiba and Mukibur Rahman said water logging has become acute due to “very poor drainage system and non-existent planning” affecting homes and schools.
DRFCB urged government and its agencies to tackle the problem with clear policy. DRFCB also appealed to public not to dump garbage in the drains and to avoid swimming in the Dhansiri river.
The board also gave out emergency contact numbers-- 9862634528/9436207393 incase of any incidents of drowning or to contact the DRFCB office at Purana Bazaar’s marketing complex.
DMC advisor in-charge of sanitation branch Lepshi Ao blamed inundation in some areas on encroachment and rampant dumping of garbage into the drains.
Lepshi warned of another DMC ‘demolition drive’ in several parts of Dimapur in the coming days, as there was no option if drains were to be cleared.

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