Rains continue to wreak havoc

Rains continue to wreak havoc
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 14 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/14/2018 12:01:55 PM IST

 Major landslide in Kigwema area

A massive landslide occurred on Tuesday at Kigwema village along the road connecting Zakhama and Sakhabama army camps, affecting commuters and nearby villagers, especially farmers and students. 
According to the villagers, the landslide started a few weeks ago but worsened on Tuesday as a result of the prevailing inclement weather, cutting off the area completely.
There are two separate roads after crossing NH-2 that connect Makhuma Khel of Kigwema – one that goes below the village and another that cuts through it – and the landslide occurred from above, pushing down the debris down and completely blocking the former. 
Village Council and Kigwema Youth Organization informed this correspondent that there was erosion on the road that cuts through the village and was gradually sinking, making it impossible for medium and heavy passenger vehicles to ply.
The village authorities of Kigwema, including youth leaders, inspected the affected area to take stock of the situation.
Those who have affected the most are farmers from neighbouring villages, who regularly ferry their produce to sell in the local markets of Kohima, besides students of Kigwema and Mima villages.
It has been informed to this correspondent that the district disaster management authority had been alerted, but other than site inspection no other steps had been initiated till Tuesday.
Retaining wall at NH 36A damaged
DIMAPUR, AUG 14 (NPN): A retaining wall along NH-36A, erstwhile Dimapur-Lumding- Halflong-Silchar road, within Thahekhu village has been damaged due to incessant rain Tuesday morning. 
According to Thahekhu Village Council chairman, I. Khekuto Yeptho the road which also connects Dimapur -Kohima-Manipur has been completely cut-off.
Yeptho said all vehicles were now being diverted through the village approach road, even though it was not viable for heavy vehicles. This has added more to the congestion caused by vehicles in the village jurisdiction after the damage of bridges at Nagarjan and Purana Bazaar are during last monsoon. 
While stating that the area has become a thoroughfare, Yeptho also expressed concern about the safety of the lives of the villagers and the commuters.


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