Kohima: Floods and landslides continue to create havoc in different parts of Nagaland, with as many as 11 people losing their lives so far and several others getting injured, as the state faces one of the worst natural calamities in recent times.
Altogether, 532 villages from 11 districts have been severely hit. According to government reports, altogether 48,821 families comprising 2,61,115 people, which is almost 13.19% of the total population of the state, have been affected during the current wave of flood in Nagaland. The situation in Dimapur, however, is under control and the water levels are gradually receding.
As many as 3,048 houses have been fully damaged, 1,679 severely damaged and 475 partially damaged. Altogether 90 people from Kohima, 35 from Tuensang, three from Mokokchung and 225 from Wokha have been evacuated in the last two months, as per reports.
To assess the situation in some of the heavily-affected areas, an inter-ministerial team headed by Union joint secretary, ministry of home affairs, BK Singh, along with four other officials will be visiting Nagaland on September 4, as per reports.
Due to heavy landslides, owing to incessant rains in the past couple of weeks, several districts have been cut off from the rest of the country.
On Thursday, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju visited the state and discussed the matter with state chief minister Neiphiu Rio. The Union minister also assured the state government of providing all assistance to tackle the situation.
According to the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, (NSDMA), the state had received 1030.9 mm of rainfall from January to March, 13,123.93 mm from April 1 to July 20, 7,717.25 mm from July 21 to August 30. Altogether, 11 districts, namely Phek, Wokha, Mon, Kohima, Dimapur, Longleng, Tuensang, Mokokchung, Kiphire, Zunheboto and Peren, have been affected.
Talking to EastMojo, Johnny K Ruangmei, OSD, NSDMA, said that Kiphire has been one of the worst-affected districts of the state. “The people in Kiphire continue to face shortage of essential commodities. We are trying our best to provide all facilities to the people there,” he said, adding: “Indian Air Force helicopters have also been deployed to rescue marooned villagers and airdrop essential commodities.”
Personnel of the National Disaster Response Force are also camping in Dimapur for the last 30 days to provide help to the affected people.
President Ram Nath Kovind took to Twitter on Friday and said that the entire nation stood by the fellow citizens of Nagaland in this hour of crisis.