IAF on rescue and relief operations

IAF on rescue and relief operations
Essential commodities being unloaded from an Aircraft in Seyochung on Wednesday. (NP)
DIMAPUR/KIPHIRE, AUG 8 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/9/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers currently conducting Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercises in the landslide-affected areas of Nagaland on Wednesday evacuated 14 patients, attendants and AR personnel from Seyochung sub-division and Kiphire district headquarters.

IAF choppers had gone to drop essential commodities in Seyochung sub-division and Kiphire HQ.

In a press release, secretary NSDMA, Rovilatuo Mor, stated that the emergency operations would continue depending on the situation.

Mor said that NSDMA, in its efforts to reach out to the affected districts, had completed one week of air operations lifting and dropping essential commodities. 

Meanwhile, NSDMA has expressed appreciation to all the agencies including the IAF, Ministry of Defence, the Director Airport Authority of India (AAI) Dimapur, the District Disaster Management Authorities (DDMAs) and all the agencies for putting their best to contain the crisis. 

In collaboration with the IAF, Ministry of Defence and AAI, Dimapur, the NSDMA together with Food & Civil Supplies (F&CS) department accomplished a total 19 sorties out of which, 13 sorties were successful in seven locations across the state. 

The essential commodities as organised by the department of F&CS totalling 14,044 kilos has been supplied to the affected districts.

Kiphire Correspondent adds: Kiphire Area Students’ Union (KASU) in collaboration with the district administration was able to send around 140 students to their respective places of study. The students from Kiphire district were on vacation and were stranded due to the landslides.

The team was led KASU president, Isaac Tsalumbi and EAC Longmatra, Sangpangchang Longkumer, who took around 24 hours to reach Dimapur.

Sources said that till date no heavy vehicles could reach and people were dependent only on light vehicles and air drops to get essential commodities. It may take another week to restore the road for heavy vehicles to ply through, sources added.

Meanwhile, United Sangtam Students’ Conference (USSC) on August 7 paid a visit to the affected areas where Roads and Bridges department personnel were working tirelessly to restore the road blocks. USSC also held a consultative meeting with the Chief Engineer PWD (R&B), Meluri sub-division officials, Pochury Tribal Hoho, Pochury Students’ Union, Meluri Village Council and GBs. 

CE (R&B) assured the people that the road would be restored at the earliest. While thanking the CE (R&B) and officials, the civil society organizations also resolved to help in restoring the damaged road.

The Meluri Village Council Chairman who chaired the meeting told the department to cut any portion of land they may find necessary to restore the road.

Others who spoke at the meeting were USSC vice president, Sethrongba Sangtam and executive member USSC, Daniel Sechopi. They requested all residents of Kiphire to cooperate with the district administration and NGOs while distributing the essential commodities.

Meanwhile, public of Seyochung and AST Seyochung Area have extended appreciation to NSDMA, DDMA, Indian Air Force and Supply department for taking initiatives to drop the essential commodities at Seyochung town.



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