Thursday, February 2, 2023

Rains cause havoc in several districts

Incessant rains that had been battering the state recently have caused havoc in at least four districts leaving several roads damaged and cutting off many villages.
In a press release, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) secretary Lhouchalie Viya stated that as per the report from Peren District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) damages were reported within Tening sub-division and Ahthibung sub-division. Road blockages along Kohima-Leikie road and NEC road were reported due to landslide/mudslide.
NSDMA stated that machineries available in the sub-division were pressed into action for immediate road clearance to facilitate movement of people and essential goods. However, it said major relief intervention remained to be deployed in respect of destruction to public infrastructure and public property, damage to private residences and hanging bridges, which served as lifeline to many villages.
NSDMA said that unless there was immediate intervention, further damages were likely to worsen the existing situation especially in respect of community assets. Recent thunderstorms and incessant rains in Noklak district have caused major landslides at Panyangan Sector, High School Sector Danlepdong Sector, Nokyan B Village, Nokyan Village, Dem Sector and Kaongao Sector.
NSDMA stated that evacuation of affected families was being carried out presently by the Noklak DDMA.
On June 21 night, NSDMA said heavy rainfall caused landslides at Nokhu approach road blocking the route to more than 20 villages. As the rain continues incessantly in the district, the report said that common people have been put in grave danger. At present, the DDMA Noklak is carrying out road clearance operations in the affected areas.
Major landslides have been reported in Phek district between Khomi and Pholami road, Chizami and Mesulimi, Meluri, Lozaphuho and Lanye village.
The available machineries have been pressed into action for immediate clearance of the road blockages. Phek DDMA has advised all commuters to travel with caution on those routes as more major landslides were expected with the continuous downpour. Wokha DDMA has also advised all commuters travelling towards Chukitong to Doyang Brides to avoid taking the said route as landslides in the area have been reported.
Traffic advisory: In view of the landslides at 78+080 Km (NH-2) between Chukitong Town and Doyang Bridge under Wokha district, the deputy commissioner (DC) Wokha, Ajit Kumar Ranjanthe, has advised all medical and other emergency travelers to take alternative route—Zero Point-Doyang-Sungro-Alichen—to avoid long queue of traffic due to the ongoing clearance of mud and rock debris.
DC also informed that further advisory on would be issued shortly.

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