State reeling under landslides

State reeling under landslides
At Dimapur airport, an IAF chopper being loaded with essential to be ferried to the affected areas.
DIMAPUR/SHILLONG/KOHIMA, AUG 3 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/4/2018 12:00:00 AM IST

 Overall situation of landslide in the state continued to be grim as many places still remained cut off due to blockage of roads even as Indian Air Force (IAF) on Friday failed to airdrop essential commodities in landslide-affected districts due to inclement weather.

Two IAF Mi 17 choppers on Friday were ready for airdropping essential commodities in the landslide-affected districts of Nagaland but could not airborne due to inclement weather, an IAF official said. “No drops (of essential commodities) were carried out due to bad weather and hence staying overnight at Dimapur airport,” IAF Spokesman, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said.

“We are hopeful to carry out the  Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise tomorrow (Saturday) provided the sky is opening up,”

The districts where essential commodities were to be airdropped included Tening and 36 Assam Rifles company camp in Peren district, Tobu in Mon district, Kiphire headquarters and Pungro in Kiphire district and Noklak and Noksen in Tuensang district.

State government is making all-out efforts to reach essential commodities, including petroleum products to Kiphire and Pungro area, which have been completely cut off due to massive landslides and sinking of portions of roads leading to the district from both Meluri and Tuensang.

Rijiju to undertake survey

Union minister of state for home affairs, Kiren Rijiju, would be conducting aerial survey of landslide and flood affected areas in Nagaland on August 5, 2018. He will arrive Dimapur airport at 9:45am and will be briefed about the situation. Rijiju would then aerial survey flood affected sites in Dimapur, landslide affected sites in Kohima, Meluri-Kiphire and Pfutsero. Union minister would land at Kiphire and hold discussion with the officials after which he would aerial survey over Doyang dam to see if the rise of water level, which is affecting the downstream including Golaghat district of Assam. 

Besides, Rijiju would also visit landslides sites along Highway between Kohima and Dimapur.

Thonoknyu, Satoi cut off

Landslides and mudslides triggered by incessant rains have blocked the roads from Tuensang district headquarters to Thonoknyu and Pathso sub-divisions besides washing away bridges.

In a press release, Thonoknyu Area Public Organization (TAPO) president, M. Thangou, said single road connectivity for 15 villages under Thonoknyu sub-division to district headquarters has been totally cut-off since the past few weeks.

TAPO stated that people of the area depend on district headquarters, but with no alternate road, they were facing untold miseries. Two roads to Pathso sub-division from Tuensang and Noklak have also been blocked. The organisation said that landslide also washed away 12 paddy fields of the area.

In this regard, TAPO has urged the state government and responsible department to take necessary initiatives at the earliest.

Satoi: A number of villages in Satoi area, under Zunheboto district remained cut off from the rest of the state following the occurrence of multiple landslides and sinking along Tizu-Ghokhuvi road.

In a press release, Satoi Range Students Union (SRSU) general secretary, Homugha H Achumi, said that around 11 villages under Satoi area have been severely affected because of the landslides.

SRSU pointed out that over five to six landslides, which include more than two major ones along Ghokhuvi-Tizu bridge road, and other landslides from Sukhai village-Tizu bridge.

The union said that the road was considered as the lifeline for 11 villages under Satoi area, adding that there was no alternate route to reach Zunheboto, Dimapur and Kohima. 

Highlighting the grievances faced by the people of the affected area, the SRSU urged the state government and the responsible department to immediately look intervene and redress the problem faced.

Apart from landslides, SRSU said the power consumers in Satoi area were not only facing hardship due to frequent power cuts, but also have to face the brunt of the “untrained employee” at Satoi town. 

Stating that people of the area have been facing power cuts for the past many days, the union has appealed to the power department to deploy trained employee at Satoi to oversee the situation. SRSU cautioned that the department would be held responsible in the event of unwanted situation.


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