Over 200 houses damaged by storm

Over 200 houses damaged by storm
A school building destroyed by storm at Kiphire town on Monday evening. (NP)
DIMAPUR, MAY 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/14/2019 10:38:02 AM IST

Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) Home Department Tuesday informed that at least 248 houses have been damaged in Monday’s cyclonic storm that lashed parts of Nagaland including Dimapur, Kiphire, Phek, Wokha and Tuensang districts.

As per initial report of the damages caused, 15 houses were damaged at several places in Dimapur district including Rilan, Ward 8 (Chumukedima), Chekiye, Senjum, Molvom, Kupuhe, Vihokhu, Thahekhu, Padumpukhuri which included a market and a school. 

In Kiphire district, NSDMA said around 180 houses and three schools were damaged. The places that were hit by storm included Kiphire town, Longmatra town, Longmatra village, Okhe village and Longthonger village. One person was severely injured and while two others suffered minor injury. Relief and restoration was reportedly in progress in Kiphire, but severed power line has not been restored yet.

In Phek District, one house was severely damaged while in Wokha district, 20 houses were damaged in Chudi, Moilan, Lotsu and Sanis town, NSDMA stated. In Tuensang district, 32 houses were damaged at Chessore. In a press release, commissioner & secretary, Rovilato Mor, said immediate relief were being given while further assessment of damages was still being carried out to ascertain the actual loss of properties.

At present, Mor said all the stakeholders and all the units of DDMAs were geared up to meet eventualities. “But we cannot estimate nature’s fury and only time will tell. We learn from every incident,” he said. 

Commissioner & secretary has, therefore, urged all line departments, NGOs, and other stakeholders to be vigil and be prepared for any kind of eventualities in days to come.

As forecast by the Met department, a massive cyclonic storm lashed many parts Nagaland Monday evening, leaving a trail of destruction when trees were uprooted, roofs of houses blown away and also severely disrupting power supply.

According to report, North Eastern states like Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya are likely to experience moderate rain and thundershower activity with squally winds throughout the week ahead.

All these weather conditions are prevailing due to the presence of a Cyclonic Circulation over Northeast Bihar and adjoining parts of Sub-Himalayan West Bengal.

USLP seeks financial assistance for storm-affected families
KIPHIRE, MAY 14 (NPN): United Sangtam Likhüm Pümji (USLP) has urged the State government to extend immediate relief and financial assistance to families affected by the storm that tore through Kiphire on Monday evening. 
In a press release issued by its president Seopi Sangtam and general secretary P Achumse Sangtam, the organisation said the damage cause by the storm was exponentially high, leaving the affected families, including women and children, vulnerable and exposed to the mercy of nature. 
They claimed that as per a verification carried out by USLP after the storm pummelled through Kiphire town and villages in the adjoining areas, some casualties were reported. They said one person died at Thsingar village under Seyochung ADC HQ and two sustained injuries, while more than 150 houses were damaged in Kiphire town and surrounding villages. 
USLP appreciated the Kiphire district administration and District Disaster Management Authority for swiftly swinging into action to help the injured and extending immediate relief to the major affected families.


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