IMCT wants more details on damages

Correspondent KOHIMA, SEP 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/7/2018 12:37:57 PM IST

Inter-Ministerial Central team (IMCT) led by joint secretary (FFR) under Home ministry, KB Singh has asked the deputy commissioners to submit updated reports of damages caused by recent floods and landslides in their respective districts so as to enable submission of report to the Centre.

Singh gave the instruction during the debriefing held with state officials late evening at Hotel Vivor Kohima on Thursday.

The IMCT concluded its three-day visit to the State on Thursday for assessing damages caused by the recent floods and landslides. Though the team covered Dimapur, Wokha, Phek and Kohima districts, it could not reach the worst-affected Kiphire district. The team members, however, expressed satisfaction on the report submitted by Kiphire deputy commissioner (DC).

It may be recalled that the state government had requested the Centre for an urgent relief of around Rs 800 crore for the restoration of roads and rebuilding damages caused by landslides and flash flood during this monsoon season. 

During a review meeting at Hotel Vivor here , Singh remarked that the reports submitted by the DCs would have to be updated by including more details in them. He advised the DCs to provide details as annexure and stressed that the team would require updated reports from the affected districts. 

While thanking the State government and National State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) for carrying out rescue and relief operations, Singh urged them to take all stakeholders on board to tackle the current situation.

In his brief remark, NSDMA adviser Pukhayi acknowledged IMCT for visiting the State during one of its “darkest moments”. 

Pukhayi informed the team that the memorandum summary did not mention about food grains and hence asked that it be mentioned, while urging the members to properly convey the plight of Nagaland to the Central government.

He said the State government had submitted a requirement of about Rs 650 crore in 2017 under National Disaster Response Fund (NDRF), but regretted that the Central government had allotted only Rs 65 crore that was not enough for restoration work and assist the affected people.

Pointing out how Assam received almost Rs 2,000 crore whenever there were floods, while Nagaland received less than Rs 100 core, the NSDMA adviser appealed to the IMCT members to consider allocation of a more reasonable amount for Nagaland.

In his speech, chief secretary RB Thong thanked IMCT for visiting the State with an aim to provide relief and regretted that the team could not be taken to interior areas due to inclement weather and lack of road connectivity.

Stating that Naga people had high hopes on the team, he asked district disaster management authorities and Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority to furnish detailed report at the earliest possible time so that funds could be released early to the State government.

Meanwhile, during a brief interaction with media persons, Singh said the team got an overview of the situation in the State, adding that once the required details were provided, IMCT would finalise its report.

He pointed out that though memorandums were prepared, additional information would be required. And once the details were provided, the team would submit its report in one week’s time.

To a query why the team did not visit the worst-affected Kiphire district despite good weather, Singh replied that although they could not visit all the places, yet the reports submitted by the DCs were taken note of, adding the team would assess damage as per the reports and work on them.

On the delay in releasing funds to the State, he said it won’t be so and refused to comment further.

Rs.140 cr required for road restoration: CE
PWD (R&B) chief engineer Limatongdang Jamir said the State government would require Rs 140 crore for restoration of all roads damaged by the recent wave of floods and landslides due to rains. 
While Rs 22.80 crore would be required for immediate restoration of roads as per a temporary assessment, permanent restoration would cost Rs 117.2 crore. This was conveyed by Jamir to Inter-Ministerial Central Team during the meeting held at Hotel Vivor Thursday evening.
Regarding Kiphire district, he said NH-202 connecting Kiphire to Kohima and Tuensang was blocked on July 29 due to the damage caused to Yei bridge at Meluri. He said since then normal flow of traffic, particularly heavy vehicles, was severely affected.
The chief engineer said though traffic was partially restored by diverting vehicles through a bypass, the bypass road was not safe for heavy vehicles as the soil in that particular portion was slippery and slushy, making it difficult even for light vehicles to ply properly whenever there was rain.
He added that as Yei bridge was not yet restored, supply of essential commodities from Dimapur had been affected severely and Kiphire district was facing acute shortage of rice.
In Kohima district, the affected roads were the approach road to chief minister’s residence that was temporarily restored and subsidence of the road from Naga Hospital point to Tin Patti Road where restoration was now in progress.
According to the chief engineer, there was landslide on NEC-Viswema-Kidima-Zuketsa road too and where restoration work was now in progress. Similarly, the roads from Kitsubozou to BSF Camp and from NH-2 to Nagaland University campus had been temporarily restored, he claimed.
He said Chazuba-Kijumetoma road was yet to be restored, while restoration work on the Kohima-Zadima-Niuland road was currently on.
Similarly, the road from Rusoma to Kijumetouma and from Chiephobozou to Gariphema Basa via the proposed Chiethu airport was yet to be restored, while restoration of the Peducha-Tseisema road was in progress.
Jamir also briefed the IMCT about the roads damaged in Peren, Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Wokha, Dimapur, Mon and Tuensang districts.  
Meanwhile, during the meeting, Kiphire deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammed Ali Shihab said the district administration was yet to reach out to many of the affected people as roads had been damaged in several areas of the district, adding many affected people were now surviving on local agricultural produce.
He said from the Rs 10 lakh provided by chief minister Neiphiu Rio and Rs 2 lakh by ENPO, the administration had purchased local products and distributed them to the affected people.  
Phek district deputy commissioner Orenthung informed the visiting team that there was one casualty due to drowning. He informed that 89 houses were completely damaged, 84 houses severely damaged, 23 houses partially damaged, 21 major roads were cut off by landslides, 10 culvert and 17 hanging bridges and 15 Agri link road damaged recently.
He also said the district would require Rs 6.974 crore to compensate for damage to agricultural crops, horticultural plantations, fisheries, livestock, loss of substantial portion of land by landslides and change in the course of rivers.
The DC said that Rs 10,000 was given to those whose houses were severely damaged as immediate relief and Rs 5,000 each for owners of partially-damaged houses.


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