Govt machinery on high alert to meet challenges, says Rio

DIMAPUR, AUG 1 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/2/2018 12:08:54 AM IST

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Nagaland chief minister, Neiphiu Rio on Wednesday said that the government machinery has been put on high alert and all possible measures and preparedness exercises have been put in place to meet the challenges caused by heavy and incessant rains in the state.

Rio on Wednesday undertook inspections of landslide/mudslide affected areas of the state capital along with senior government officials to take firsthand account of the ground situation.

CM writes to Centre: State chief minister Neiphiu Rio has shot off a missive to the Centre seeking immediate interim financial assistance and intervention.

In a memo to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, Rio pointed out that unprecedented heavy rainfall in Nagaland has resulted in landslides and sinking that had caused extensive damage to infrastructure and properties all over the State, besides claiming precious human lives.

He said landslides have damaged national and state highways disrupting vehicular traffic at many places and snapped power lines and communication networks.

Supply of essential commodities, including petroleum products, to all district headquarters was not possible and stocks were getting depleted, Rio said, adding that Aspirational District of Kiphire too had been cut off. In the foothills and plain areas, floods have caused enormous damage to life and property and that entire colonies and villages had been submerged, the chief minister said.

Rio explained that while the local media had extensively covered the calamity, there was hardly a mention in the national media and thus it had become essential to draw “your attention to the calamity we are facing in Nagaland.”

Government agencies in coordination with Nagaland Disaster Management Authority were making all out efforts for restoring damaged infrastructure and taking measures for relief and rehabilitation. 

However, under the given circumstances and given the magnitude of the calamities, Rio said the State Government was unable to address the challenge due to lack of resources, absence of adequate machineries and equipment and poor connectivity, among other inadequacies.

Rio said the state government was preparing a detailed report of damages and calamities, but the challenges were ongoing and the administration was constantly grappling with the problem on a daily basis.

In view of all this, he appealed to the prime minister to provide immediate interim Central assistance and intervention to rescue the State from a crisis -like situation.

Constantly monitoring situation

In another statement issued to the media, Rio asserted that the local administration, police and other agencies, including the NSDMA were constantly monitoring the situation and carrying out necessary interventions. 

Rio said the government was also closely monitoring the availability of essential commodities and making arrangements to ensure maintenance of sufficient stock. Rio also assured to carry out relief and rehabilitation measures in every possible manner. 

He also conveyed deep sympathy and condolences to families who had lost their near and dear ones in different parts of the State in the past few days. He also expressed his deep sorrow at the damage of properties and infrastructure due to the natural calamity, besides displacement of families.

Rio further directed Roads & Bridges department to immediately take up construction of Bailey bridge over Sanuorü and near the Naga Hospital-Naga Bazaar-Tin pati route.

Meanwhile, Tsiesama–Peducha road has been restored and fuel tankers and other essential commodities trucks were being allowed to ply on the route. Fresh landslide has occurred at Science College road.

According to DIPR, officials from the Home ministry had called the chief secretary to enquire on how the Centre could extend assistance. 


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