Kiphire lines up for rice on Mongmong

Kiphire lines up for rice on Mongmong
(L-R) Citizens brave the rain as they queue up to receive their share of rice on September 3. A stretch of the by-pass road to Kiphire, near Meluri. (NP)
Correspondent KIPHIRE, SEP 3 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/3/2018 11:38:33 AM IST

Despite the fact that September 3 is the main day for the Sangtam festival Mongmong, Kiphire citizens were seen rushing to receive rice, which was distributed ward wise on Monday.

The distribution has been continuing since September 1 after seven truck loads of PDS rice from the Food and Civil Supplies Department reached Kiphire. It has also been distributed to all sub-divisions and will be, in turn, given out to all the villages in the district. At Kiphire town all eleven wards successfully distributed the rice to every household on September 2 with the initiative of District Administration Kiphire led by Deputy Commissioner Kiphire, Mohammed Ali Shihab, who was personally present at the distribution site.

Shihab said that the road to Kiphire from Dimapur via Meluri was opened by cutting out a bypass road near Meluri, but the stability of the freshly cut, soft earth road was uncertain, should the rains continue. The road between Tuensang and Kiphire is completely cut off and may take some more time to open, the DC stated. He pointed out that Kiphire was one of the districts most affected by the rains in Nagaland. It has received 1,408 rice bags from the state government and a relief fund of Rs 10 lakh besides other relief from well wishers. This has helped the 110 villages in the district greatly, he said.

A resident of Rest House ward, speaking to the administration, said that during the road blockage, some families ate only tortillas (rotis) to survive due to the shortage of rice and essential commodities. She however thanked the government and administration for their initiatives and for bringing relief to Kiphire on time.

After almost a month of the roads being blocked because of landslides caused by torrential rains which led to a severe shortage of essentials in the district, a sense of relief is seen now as one road (the bypass) is now open to traffic. The public of Kiphire expressed its profound gratitude and appreciation to the state government, district administration and F&CS department for their efforts to help the district.

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