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S&WC surveys Viswema village land subsidence

S&WC surveys Viswema village land subsidence
One of the houses damaged by the sinking land. A damaged retaining wall; the village road with extensive fractures is also seen in the background.
DIMAPUR: | Publish Date: 7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Officials of Soil and Water Conservation department, on July 28, visited Viswema village under Kohima district to assess damage to property and infrastructure caused due to the sinking of land (land subsidence), attributed to incessant rainfall, being currently experienced in the state. 

A press release by S&WC department deputy director, Hetoho Y. Swu stated that the massive landslide triggered by incessant rain had damaged at least seven houses in the village including paddy fields, the value of which may amount to crores of rupees. 

It also pointed out that the road has been completely damaged thereby causing undue hardship to the commuters, both village dwellers and those travelling towards Zuketsa and vice-versa. The damage was of alarming magnitude and the concerned department/agency needs to address the problem on a priority basis, otherwise the landslide may escalate further causing more damage and hardship, the press release stated.

The release further reported that the landslide stretched from about fifty meters below the National Highway 2 extending into forested areas, where large gaps/fissures as wide as 4 feet have developed and the land surface has been greatly disfigured. A report to this effect is being submitted to the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) for further necessary action.

The team was led by commissioner & secretary, Soil & Water Conservation, Vikeyie Kenya accompanied by project director, deputy director and soil survey officer of the deptt. Earlier, the area MLA and advisor of Youth Resources & Sports, Er. Zale Neikha who was also on a visit to the affected area, instructed the officials to assess the damage and pursue the matter with the higher authority in earnest.

 

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