Sunday, August 14, 2022

NSDMA warns of flash floods, waterlogging

Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has warned of flash floods and waterlogging due to heavy rains in foothills areas and lowlands in the State. In a press note NSDMA joint CEO Johnny Ruangmei said there had been a spike in weather activity during the past week, with rainfall reaching 191.25mm in Dimapur, 351mm in Peren and 342mm in Kohima, as per the data obtained from the NSDMA Weather System. Hence, there was a likelihood of flash flooding and waterlogging.
NSDMA cautioned that Dhansiri and Chathe rivers might have large flow of water due to prolonged spell of heavy rain in the hills, following which areas adjoining these two rivers like Domokhia and other areas might be flooded. It mentioned that landslides might also occur in some regions of the State due to the continued rainfall activity.
As there was a likelihood of road blockages in many parts of the State, NSDMA advised departments/agencies responsible for maintaining public infrastructures and essential commodities to make necessary arrangements and contingency plans.
Noting that Kohima and other parts of Nagaland were also under the current spell of incessant rains, NSDMA said thunderstorm and lightning with widespread rainfall were also expected in Peren, Wokha, Mon and Tuensang. However, light to moderate rain/thundershower was very likely to occur in remaining parts of the State and was likely to intensify.
NSDMA said there could be frequent spells of intermittent rains in the coming days. It was therefore important to take necessary precautionary measures during this time and exercise caution from lightning strikes and gale winds that could cause disruption in communication/connectivity.
Asking the public to be vigilant during this period, NSDMA urged all not to take shelter under large trees or picnic near river banks to prevent unnecessary risk to life from lightning and flash floods. It also urged all DDMAs and line departments to be on high alert during this period.


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