Relief trucks reach Kiphire

DIMAPUR, AUG 31 | Publish Date: 8/31/2018 1:03:14 PM IST

Seven trucks delivered 1,500 bags of rice to Kiphire Friday evening more than 24 hours after starting from the State’s commercial hub Dimapur, 265 km away.

Kiphire, bordering Myanmar, had been cut-off after heavy rainfall on July 26-27 had damaged 300 metres of an arterial road in adjoining Phek district. A diversion was carved out for the trucks after a heavier truck from Jorhat had taken a longer alternative road to deliver rice a few days ago.

“The State government arranged the transportation of the 1,500 bags of PDS rice on Wednesday. One truck reached Thursday evening, but six got stuck on the way to finally arrive by 6 p.m. Friday,” DC Kiphire Mohammed Ali Shihab told The Hindu.

On August 30, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio along with his cabinet colleagues visited the district and provided Rs. 10 lakh from the CM relief fund. According to the State’s Disaster Management Authority, the rains have claimed 12 lives since July and displaced 3,000 families across some 400 villages.


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