Airof supplies to continue

Airof supplies to continue
(L) IAF chopper drops supplies at AR ground Kiphire on Monday (DIPR). (R) Tata Sumo carrying stranded students leaving landslide-hit Kiphire. (NP)
DIMAPUR, AUG 6 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/7/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has announced that airdrop of essential commodities in affected districts would continue in coordination with food & civil supplies (F&CS) department till normalcy returned.

In a press release, NSDMA said two teams of 12th National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) from Arunachal Pradesh were stationed at Kohima and Dimapur as a ground force to aid in search and rescue. It claimed that all line departments responsible for maintaining road and communication infrastructure were also putting in all their efforts to restore life-line communication routes. 

After abortive attempts to drop supplies in landslide-hit Kiphire district for the past three days due to inclement weather, the Indian Air Force (IAF) chopper on Monday finally landed at Assam Rifles helipad in Kiphire and dropped the essential commodities.

Association of Offroaders Nagaland had also been roped in and its members were using their specially-equipped off-road vehicles to assist stranded passengers and vehicles, the statement said, adding that they were currently operating between Meluri and Kiphire, the statement added.

State chief minister Neiphiu Rio and deputy chief minister Y Patton, in coordination with NSDMA adviser and F&CS adviser, immediately reached out to the affected people in far flung districts, especially in the eastern parts. 

It claimed that the government activated its entire machinery, besides involving local communities and NGOs, to address the unprecedented natural disaster. 

The chief secretary, who is also the chairman of the State Executive Committee of NSDMA, immediately notified a single window communication system through the Home commissioner, who in turn issued necessary orders and coordinated with the Union Ministry of Defence for immediate lifting and airdropping of essential commodities to the worst affected districts and also to areas that were likely to be affected, the statement explained.

Gov donates to CMRF

Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya, has announced to contribute Rs.1 lakh from his salary towards the Chief Ministers Relief Fund (CMRF) in aid of the people affected by incessant rainfalls for the last few weeks that resulting in major natural disaster.

According to a Raj Bhavan statement, Acharya has appealed to all the citizens of the State to donate generously towards the CMRF. He also appealed to the people to stand in solidarity with the distressed affected people in the State and be part of the effort to support them in this hour of crisis.  

Earlier, Governor, through the Assam Rifles, had arranged for essential commodities to be distributed to the needy at Kiphire district. Kiphire Correspondent adds: Second batch of students, who were studying outside Kiphire district and remained stranded due to landslide, were on Monday sent back to their places of study. 

Around 16 Tata Sumos carrying 40 students and patients were stranded at Longmatra town under Kiphire due to bad road condition. However, they could later proceed after the road was cleared for light vehicles. It took around six hours to reach Meluri from Kiphire which otherwise takes about 3 hours.

Kiphire district has been completely cut off for almost a week owing to heavy landslides in multiple places following heavy rains. Shortage of essential commodities and fuel has hit Kiphire district as road blockade entered second week.

According to sources, restoration of landslide affected road at km3 near Meluri could take another week as soil in that location continued to sink. Meluri-based NGOs and administration are helping commuters cross the landslide affected road. Sources also said that it could take some time for goods-laden trucks to ply along that road.



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