Centre rushes NDRF team to Nagaland

Centre rushes NDRF team to Nagaland
Rio addressing the district officials and others during the review meeting at Kiphire.
DIMAPUR/NEW DELHI, AUG 30 (NPN/AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 8/30/2018 10:44:59 AM IST

 Union Home minister Rajnath Singh has said that National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams are being rushed to Nagaland to assist with relief works arising out of the flood-like situation prevalent in Nagaland.

Home Minister Singh took to twitter and stated that he had spoken to the Nagaland Chief Minister and also announced the dispatch of NDRF forces by the Home Ministry.

“Spoke to Nagaland Chief Minister Shri @Neiphiu_Rio regarding the situation arising due to floods and landslides in several places of the State. NDRF teams are being rushed to the state by the MHA to carry out rescue and relief operations,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.

Earlier, chief minister Neiphiu Rio had also taken to Twitter and appealed to the Central government for assistance in dealing with the flood situation arising out of incessant rains.

“Nagaland needs your help. Incessant rain has caused floods and landslides in several parts of the state and has affected many,” Rio tweeted on Wednesday. 

According to The Better India report, Rio reached out to the Centre, seeking immediate flood relief and assistance. For immediate assistance, the State government has asked for an initial sum of Rs 219 crore. However, officials in the state claim that this demand can rise to Rs 400 crore even though the total damage in the state has been pegged around Rs 800 crore.

In the video accompanying the tweet, it was stated that essential amenities and requirements were lacking and also spoke of a power failure caused due to rising water levels in the Doyang hydroelectric power project.

A Home Ministry official said that over half a dozen teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), comprising 45 personnel each, are being sent to the affected areas in Nagaland.

President of India Ram Nath Kovind Thursday said his thoughts were with families, particularly children, in Nagaland that have been affected by heavy rains. The President urged the government authorities, relief agencies, civil society and citizens to band together and pool efforts. “The entire nation stands by our fellow citizens in Nagaland,” President said in a tweet.

According to Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) OSD, Jhonny Ruangmei: “about 359 locations of roads have been totally cut-off sending the state into an emergency situation.” Although all districts 11 were affected, Kiphire, which borders Myanmar, was the worst affected.

Govt sanctions Rs.10 lakh as immediate relief for Kiphire
DIMAPUR, AUG 30 (NPN): Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has sanctioned Rs 10 lakh for Kiphire district from Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF) as immediate financial aid to the district ravaged by the recent floods and landslides caused by monsoon rains. 
This was announced by the chief minister at a review meeting for relief and rehabilitation works in progress at district headquarters Kiphire on Thursday, CMO media cell staed. He asserted that the State government was trying its best to restore normalcy in the district and that the people had not been forgotten.
“We have not forgotten you. The people of Kiphire are in our hearts and we share your concerns,” he remarked.
Appreciating government machineries and people for coming together in time of distress to work collectively for lessening public suffering, the chief minister remarked that response to calamities and disasters could be mitigated to a large extent with public cooperation and support as the government alone could not do everything by itself. 
He said, just before taking off, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had called him in the morning to enquire about the situation. He added that an Inter-Ministerial Central Team would be visiting the State from September 4 to conduct a survey on the extent of damage caused by natural calamity across the State. 
Rio recalled that although he, along with Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and senior officials of the NDMA, NDRF, Government of Nagaland, NSDMA, etc, tried to conduct an aerial survey and visit affected areas on August 5, inclement weather did not permit them to land even in Kohima, for which they all had to return to Dimapur.
Rueing the delay in completion of projects, the chief minister remarked that had FCI godown at Kiphire been completed on time, stockpiling of essential commodities would have been possible as a precautionary measure for any emergency situation. He urged the contractor to ensure that quality works were executed and finished at the earliest. 
Rio also highlighted the importance of public cooperation for speedy development and cited the example of the Trans-Nagaland Highway (erstwhile Foothill Road) and the Dimapur-Tizit railway line projects wherein landowners came forward to donate land free of cost. 
He conveyed the government’s desire to hold a cabinet meeting in Kiphire district with a view to reach out to the people and get a first hand report of their grievances and difficulties.
Also addressing the meeting, Lok Sabha member Tokheho Yepthomi stressed importance of disaster preparedness to ensure effective response. He said timely documentation and communication were important to highlight damage. 
Urging the people to be prepared for facing any calamity in future, he solicited cooperation from all sections of the society for providing relief. He also lauded the chief minister for showing his concern and determination to visit Kiphire in spite of the inclement weather.
Urban development & municipal affairs minister Metsubo Jamir, who too accompanied the chief minister, informed the meeting that PDA legislators had donated one month’s salary to CMRF. He said this was not a time to submit memorandums, but work together with a spirit of brotherhood to help fellow Nagas in distress. He also called upon the people to donate land for development since the issue of compensation prolonged implementation and completion of developmental projects.
Earlier, Kiphire deputy commissioner Mohammed Ali Shihab welcomed Rio and his entourage and expressed deep appreciation and gratitude on behalf of the people of the district for showing utmost concern. He thanked the State government for providing timely assistance by airdropping essential commodities in the district headquarters, Pungro, Seyochung and other remote corners of the district.
IT and science & technology adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon and chief minister’s principal secretary L Kire also accompanied Rio to Kiphire.
During the meeting, Kiphire SDO (C) and Kiphire division executive engineer (NH) gave PowerPoint presentations, while Kiphire division PWD (R&B) executive engineer submitted a brief status report. 
Meanwhile, United Sangtam Likhum Bumji, Yimchunger Tribal Council and Eastern Sumi Hoho submitted a joint representation to the chief minister.
USLP, YTC, ESH grateful for aid
United Sangtam Likhum Pümji (USLP), Yimchunger Tribal Council (YTC) and Eastern Sumi Hoho (ESH) have extended appreciation to the responsible leaders, organisations and individuals for extending the help towards the district and the landslide affected families of the district.
In a joint press statement, ESH president, Vikato Sumi, YTC secretary, Y Makhezho, and USLP joint secretary, Y Chorise Sangtam, particularly thanked chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, for extending Rs. 10 lakhs from Chief Minister Relief Fund (CMRF). They also thanked Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Minister, Mutsubo Jamir, for extending one month salary, Eastern Nagaland Peoples Organisation (ENPO) Rs. 2 lakh and Dr. Ato Kohima, Rs 50,000.
Further, the three bodies expressed deep appreciation to the district administration Kiphire and Meluri, Executive Engineer NH Kiphire and Meluri, R&B PWD Kiphire and Meluri, civil society groups and well-wishers from entire Nagaland for supporting the affected families and societies in kind and cash.
Meanwhile, the three tribal apex bodies have thanked the state government headed by chief minister for visiting Kiphire district on August 30 to review relief and to take stock of the situation. 
They said chief minister has announced to dispatch 700 quintals of rice for Kiphire.

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