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Food-laden trucks reach Kiphire

Food-laden trucks reach Kiphire
With shortage of rice, panic buyers swarm a rice-laden truck at Kiphire town on Friday. (NP)
Correspondent KIPHIRE, AUG 25 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/25/2018 11:23:22 AM IST

Life is slowly limping back to normalcy in landslide-hit Kiphire district, which remained cut-off due to blockade of roads by rainfall-triggered landslides, but shortage of essential commodities continue to hit the district.

Some rice-laden trucks arrived in Kiphire Friday through the efforts of district administration Kiphire. However, shortage of essential commodities, particularly rice, is still being felt due weight restrictions imposed on goods-laden trucks.

According to sources, trucks were only allowed to carry nine to ten tons into Kiphire by the authorities as opposed to the 18 tons carried under normal conditions.

Sources said the truckers continue to charge normal hire rate of Rs. 60,000 regardless of the quantity of goods they carry. “This has affected supply and demand because traders are unable to replenish their stocks as per the market demand,” sources said.

It was learnt that district authorities were in touch with their counterparts in Kohima and Dimapur to allow Kiphire-bound trucks to carry at least 14 to 15 tons to further ease the burden on the market. 

The department concerned was also reportedly doing its best to restore the damaged roads at the earliest.

NSDMA and the state government have initiated relief efforts to airdrop essential commodities.  However, in spite of their best efforts, it has proved insufficient. Kiphire district administration wrote to the state government to arrange more rice for Kiphire, which the government has agreed to do.

The district administration has also requested the public not to panic since the authorities were making all necessary arrangements and taking measures to resolve the issue.

KASU appeals

Stating that normal life was yet to be restored as the supply of food grains was not sufficient, the Kiphire Area Students’ Union (KASU) has appealed to the government and the citizens to come together and extend humanitarian aid to the public of Kiphire.

In a press release, KASU president, Isaac Tsalumbi, said that on August 24 last, three truck-loads of rice reached Kiphire from Aghunato and each household was issued 10kg. 

It has acknowledged the PDA government and district administration of Kiphire, Meluri, Phek and Kohima for extending their cooperation and support. 

 

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