Organizations come together to aid Kiphire

Correspondent KIPHIRE, SEP 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 9/10/2018 12:16:51 PM IST

After a month long crisis with shortage of essential commodities, particularly rice, Kiphire has begun to see improvement in its conditions as trucks loaded with essentials have started to arrive in Kiphire. A landslide first occurred on the night of July 29 near Yai Bridge Tuensang road followed by other heavy landslides which completely cut off the roads near Meluri.

However, shortage continues as most of the town dwellers depend on shops for rice and other essentials. The freshly cut out bypass road near Meluri may see damage again if the rains continue as the road is very slippery for vehicles.

On Monday, All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK) donated 100 bags of rice and handed them over to the Kiphire district Administration in the presence of Sumi Community of Kiphire, KTDSSU and ESH. A letter signed by president SKK Atokiho Sumi and general secretary SKK, Hutoshe Kits, to the District Disaster Management Authority, expressed solidarity with Kiphire district and regretted their inability to be present physically.

Similarly, on Saturday, The Frontier Royal Enfield En-Bloc, Nagaland Hq. Tuensang in the presence of Sangtam Union Tuensang Town (SUTT) handed over 120 bags of rice, three bags of Sugar, two bags of Salt, one bag of Potatos,three and half bags of Tea leaves, three bags of lentil and 20,000 in cash to the relief committee represented by Kiphire district administration EAC Chenithung Ovung, EAC Sangpangchang Longkumer and a USLP team. The relief included contributions from well-wishers in Tuensang.

A short handing over program was chaired by Changkamba Chang, president FREE, after which on behalf of the DC Kiphire, both Chenithung Ovung EAC and Sangpangchang Longkumer EAC while appreciating the kind gesture also lamented the severe problems faced by the people due to the torrential rainfall.

USLP executive secretary Lichumse Sangtam and Sangtam Union Tuensang Town (SUTT) president S. Tsikingmong also spoke about the extent of the disaster.

The president, on behalf of FREE, appealed to the administration to take immediate actions towards restoring the main 202 national highway -- the only lifeline connecting Kiphire District Headquarter. FREE expressed gratitude to all the contributors for coming forward and donating relief in aid of Kiphire.

FREE brought the relief materials to Yai Bridge at the land slide area where they were met by the district administration who were then given the relief materials.

Members of the faculty of Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati, Brijesh Meena and Prashant Thapliyal also arrived in Kiphire to survey the damages and crisis.

The institute has donated 40 bags rice for Kiphire district

Meanwhile, Kiphire Area Students’ Union, while extending its appreciation to those who stood with Kiphire district in its time of disaster, appealed to the government of Nagaland to restore the road to Kiphire at the earliest possible time.

Rice distributed in Longmatra
Relief rice for all the 11 villages and Longmatra Town under EAC Longmatra HQ was distributed on September 10 from the EAC Longmatra HQ’s office.
A press release from EAC Longmatra, Sangpangchang Lkr said that the distribution was done under his supervision and the DBs. Before the distribution, a short meeting was held under the EAC’s chairmanship which was attended by the Village Council chairmen, GBs, DBs, public leaders and elders of the area. In the meeting, the officer highlighted the various relief measures and aid extended by the government, various organisations and well wishers to the district. 
The council chairmen and elders of the area also expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the government, district administration and various organisations for the relief and aid rendered to Longmatra area.

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