Heavy rains claim 2 lives; thousands affected

Heavy rains claim 2 lives; thousands affected
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 27 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/27/2019 11:44:00 AM IST

Incessant rains during the past 36 hours in the State has caused extensive damage in many parts, with reports of two deaths and two injuries from Dimapur and Phek districts. Over 8,000 people have been reportedly affected as 13 villages in Dimapur district have been flooded with many houses being submerged.

Search and rescue teams of Dimapur District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), Home Guard & Civil Defence, Army and 5th Assam Rifles carried out search and rescue operation across the affected villages of the district. 

The teams of SDRF and Home Guard & Civil Defence rescued 131 people from three different locations, besides retrieving one body of a woman below New Dansiri bridge, authorities said. 

Some of the affected villages severely affected by the floods are Tuolazouma, Bade, Tsithrongse, Seluophe, Naharbari, Darogajan, Domokhia, Purana Bazzar B, Purana Bazaar Model Colony, Khushiabil, Siethekema Basa, Thahekhu, Imkonglenden, Kuhuboto, Khopanala, Sangtamtila and Urra Colony. Four houses at Sangtamtila were swept away by the floodwaters. 

On the other hand, Phek DDMA has reported of a retaining wall collapse at New Colony in Phek town, in which two persons were injured while one body was retrieved by SDRF and Home Guards & Civil Defence team around 10:30 pm on Saturday.

CM inspects flood-hit areas: Nagaland chief minister and Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) chairman Neiphiu Rio, along with NSDMA advisor Kazheto Kinimi, with Dimapur DC Kevekha Kevin Zehol and Chumukedima EAC Thejavizo Nakhro and other officials, visited the flood-affected areas, including Naharbari, Darogajan and Ekhyo Yan, in Dimapur district to assess the situation on Sunday. 

The chief minister handed over Rs 10 lakh to Dimapur DC for providing immediate relief in the affected areas, besides directing the latter to take other necessary steps.

The rapid damage assessment of Dimapur caused by the severe floods due to incessant rains on Saturday is being undertaken by Dimapur DDMA in collaboration with inter agency group of NGOs.

Meanwhile, in Naharbari area here, the Government High School and its surrounding areas has been fully submerged with even vehicles not being able to ply on the road. 

Naharbari Village Council (NVC) chairperson Tokheli Kikon and secretary Hutoka Assumi, who were present at the site, told Nagaland Post that around 500 to 600 households were affected badly by the floods in the area. They claimed that approximately 8,000 people were severely affected. 

They said around 10 to 15 houses were completely washed away and that all sectors of Naharbari – upper, lower and middle – were affected by the flood. 

The duo claimed that NVC was assisting the affected families before dawn and had also provided temporary relief camp at the village community hall. 

Members of El Elyon Church in Naharbari were also seen providing shelter and lunch to the affected families. 

The Naharbari Village Council members and volunteers were assisting and evacuating the affected families from the floodwaters.

According to NSDMA, the cyclonic circulation over West Assam area in lower levels of the atmosphere and moisture incursion over the Bay of Bengal had caused thunderstorm accompanied with lightening over the North East India. 

Nagaland received a total rainfall of 809.75 mm( during the last 36 hours) recorded as per NSDMA weather system on October 26, 2019 which caused flood situation in the lowland districts especially Dimapur.  


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