Nagaland under emergency-like situation: CS

Nagaland under emergency-like situation: CS
(L-R) Road sinking below IG stadium and landslide towards Meriema-High Court road. (NP)
DIMAPUR, JUL 31 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/1/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Nagaland chief secretary, Temjen Toy, Tuesday described the present situation in Nagaland as an emergency-like situation, with various district headquarters including the state capital Kohima wreaked by landslides that threaten to snap off road links. 

According to DIPR, Toy said this while deliberating on the overall situation in the state at an emergency meeting with high officials on Tuesday, to take stock of the alarming situation arising out of unremitting monsoon rain in the state.

The chief secretary asked the senior officials to put more efforts to ensure that major roads connecting all district headquarters were not completely cut off. He also advised departments to ensure that at least one life-line should be maintained to connect the towns. Toy also discussed about impending danger of shortage of essential commodities and fuel. 

Reviewing the road connectivity between Kohima and Dimapur, the chief secretary urged the PWD officers to deploy adequate manpower and machineries to carry out restoration works on war footing to tackle the fury of nature. 

He also informed the officials that he was keeping close touch with top army officers and other agencies to obtain required assistance if situation went from bad to worse. “If situation called for airdropping of essential commodities will be sought to those areas which had remained completely cut off for days,” Toy said.

Further, the chief secretary expressed concern over the impounding water at Sidzu river following a major landslide which resulted in blockage of the Sidzu river. 

He said this posed an imminent threat to the habitations downstream. At the meeting, NSDMA officials informed that precautionary measures have been taken. 

Toy asked NSDMA to take up necessary action so that there was no loss of life or at least minimise the damage by way of taking adequate pre-emptive measure in the event of the worse happening. 

“I strongly urge all agencies to remain united and alert,” Toy said. He also reminded that the onus at any time of emergency was not restricted to the few departments such as NPWD, NSDMA, administration and police.

Commissioner, Nagaland, M Patton, apprised the official present at the meeting about the current road connectivity of all the district headquarters and other major towns. 

Citing reports of DCs, Patton described the situation as very alarming, adding that coordinated action was the need of the hour. Patton also said that he was updating the situation with district administrations round-the-clock.

DGP Nagaland, John Longkumer, informed the officials present that information has been sent to all SPs and Battalion Headquarters to be on the move and to extend all assistance.

Among others who attended meeting included Ramakrishnan, Home Commissioner, Menukhul John, Principal Secretary, School Education, Himato Zhimomi, Commissioner and Secretary H&FW, Bendangkokba, Commissioner & Secretary, Works and Housing, Limadongdang, Chief Engineer, R& B, Lima Akum S.E (NH) and Talisunep, Addl S.P Kohima.

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 31 (NPN): Incessant rains of the past few days triggered massive landslides at Pezielietsie Colony here early on Tuesday damaging at least 42 houses and affecting more than 40 families. The affected families have taken shelter in their neighbours’ houses, while few were shifted to rented homes.

Interacting with media persons at the site, Pezielietsie Colony chairman Keduolhoulie Chiese said the main reason behind the massive landslide was construction of three drains that were taken up in 2013-14 and later abandoned without even completing 40% of the construction work.

He said the incomplete construction of drains had led to landslides in October 2017 too and that the government had not bothered to resolve the issue of incomplete drain construction despite taking it up with the authorities concerned. He added that subsequently the landslides began in June this year and affected the entire area.

Chiese informed newsmen that district disaster management authority (DDMA) had released relief to the affected families, while the Colony Welfare Board, council and all colony members were assisting in evacuating and sheltering the affecting, besides dismantling the damaged houses.

Meanwhile, with the continuous heavy downpour, an entire portion of Pezielietsie Colony seems to have become very vulnerable as the land continued to slide when this correspondent visited the site.

Condition of NH-2 worsens

The condition of NH-2, which is considered a lifeline for residents of the State Capital, worsened on Tuesday in two portions–Merima village (below IG Stadium) and at High Court junction – as sinking and landslides occurred early morning.

The road below IG Stadium sank more than seven feet, leaving a narrow space for light vehicles to ply.

Also, huge landslide occurred at Merima-High Court junction where two-way traffic was affected.

On both the roads, villagers and university students were seen assisting the traffic police throughout the day.

On the other hand, some commuters informed Nagaland Post that few portions of Peducha road that leads to 10th Mile on NH-2 were in a pitiable condition though heavy trucks could still ply.

The road near Soul Harvest church, Daklane that passes through Census office has also been completely damaged as the entire portion sank on Tuesday morning.

Another major portion of the road in Supply Colony (from Para-Medical to Raj Bhavan) has been completely damaged too due to sinking.

Supply Colony youth president Kerihosa Natso said the colony residents worked at the riverbed cleaning debris throughout the day.

He said since the sinking occurred last summer too, the colony residents had informed the Kohima deputy commissioner about the situation with a representation, He, however, lamented that no positive response had been received so far by the residents.

Meluri-Kiphire road cut off
Phek police has informed all the commuters crossing Phek district that due to landslides caused several places and locations have been severely affected.
Additional SP & PRO Phek police, Tokavi Achumi, said that following incessant rains, the road between Meluri and Kiphire has been blocked at 3km, 8km and 16 km from Meluri town.
PRO also said massive landslide has also occurred between Meluri and Lanezho at two locations -- between Lanye check Gate and BSF Camp and between Aksah Bridge and Meluri. Further, PRO said the road between Chakabama and RD Block, Kikruma has also been blocked due to heavy landslide. 
He also informed that restoration work was on but due to the continuous rainfall, work was being hampered. Police personnel along with concerned departments, the SDRF team Phek District as well as volunteers have been deployed.
Mudslides in Mokokchung
Due to incessant rain for the last few days, mudslides and minor landslides occurred in different locations at Mokokchung town. 
On July 30, heavy downpour was witnessed from late evening till past midnight. At Artang ward, a building was badly damaged by landslide at around 2:00 am on July 31. However, there was no report of casualties. Artang ward authority, SDRF Personnel and volunteers rushed to the spot and cleared the debris.

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