Kohima: Almost a year after Nagaland faced a drought-like situation, the state is now witnessing a heavy downpour as various parts of the state witness flash flooding and waterlogging.
The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) said that due to heavy rains, flash floods and waterlogging are expected in the foothills sectors and low-lying parts of Nagaland.
The past week witnessed rainfall reaching 191.25 mm in Dimapur, 351 mm in Peren, and 342 mm in Kohima.
While landslides are predicted in some regions due to the continued rainfall activity, the NH -29 stretch along the Kohima-Dimapur road has also been affected due to mudslides and landslides at Peducha and Zubza, affecting the traffic movement.
The deputy commissioner of Kohima issued a notification, stating that to clear the obstructing soil and rock debris resulting from mudslide and landslide along the stretch, all forms of vehicular movement will be suspended at Chainage KM 155 (Steel Bridge Area) of Kohima-Dimapur 4-Lane Road, and from Sechu Zubza Police Station to Peducha Check Post (Green Hills restaurant).
The order along the stretch will come to force from May 20-27 from 12 PM to 2:00 PM.
Meanwhile, waterlogging has been reported in parts of the Dimapur district. The NSDMA advised departments and agencies responsible for maintaining public infrastructures and essential commodities to make necessary arrangements and contingency plans to meet any eventualities during this period.
Further, the Dhansiri river and Chathe river are also expected to have a large flow of water due to the prolonged spell of heavy rain in the hill sectors. The adjoining areas of these two rivers such as the Domokhia area and the areas adjoining the Dhansiri river are also expected to be flooded.
Thunderstorms and lightning with widespread rainfall are expected in the districts of Peren, Kohima, Wokha, Mon, and Tuensang. However, light to moderate rain and thundershowers is very likely to occur in the remaining parts of the state which is likely to become intense.
The NSDMA urged the public to be vigilant during the monsoon period and has requested the public not to shelter under large trees or picnic near river banks to prevent unnecessary risk to life from lightning and flash floods.
The NSDMA also requested the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMAs) and line departments responsible for attending to emergencies caused by natural calamities, to be on alert and save lives and properties during this monsoon period.
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