Relief eludes water-logged colony residents

Relief eludes water-logged colony residents
Residents wade through waist-deep floodwater at Bangjak Phom colony. (Inset) A boy clearing drainage to allow free flow of water at Walford colony. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, OCT 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 10/12/2019 12:06:10 PM IST

Several parts of Dimapur were reeling due to water logging following incessant showers over the past few days, affecting hundreds of people.

Areas such as Namgalong colony, Bank colony, Police colony, Ragailong colony, Chungaizang colony, Bangjak Phom colony etc, were the most affected as water level rose to as high as waist-deep in some areas due to clogged drains.

It was reported that Bangjak Phom colony was worst affected where over 100 households were inundated by rainwater.

Speaking to Nagaland Post, GB of Namgalong colony, Burma Camp ward 5, P Kamei said the water logging caused by clogged drains was a regular occurrence even during short spells of rain. Some of the colony residents expressed dismay that over the past years, no official from Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) visited their area. 

When asked if the residents had sought any relief from the NSDMA , they said that instead of the visiting the areas, the officials told them to apply for relief through the DC’s office.

The relief was to be applied through formatted forms attached with photographic evidences, and to be countersigned by an engineer. The residents claimed that they get around Rs. 3000 per household, that also after almost a year after submitting the filled up forms. Only in certain situations, the affected would get more than Rs. 3000 from the department said an elderly woman. 

When this Reporter visited the site, some of the affected people were sheltered by neighbours while some were compelled to buy food as their kitchens were totally under water.

Meanwhile, DC Dimapur, Kevekha Kevin Zehol visited the flooded areas of Bangjak Phom colony. 

A makeshift camp was also provided for the affected households, where Indian Red Cross, Dimapur district branch donated tarpaulin/tent, essential commodities like potatoes, oil, onions. Rotary Club also donated drinking water, while rice and other essential commodities like dal were provided by district administration.


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