Kohima: At least two people lost their lives and nearly 13 villages are under water due to incessant rain and flooding in Dimapur district of Nagaland since Saturday.
Besides affecting people across the district, the floodwaters also destroyed crops and houses in the commercial hub of the state. Out of the total rainfall of 809.75 mm that was recorded in the past 36 hours, nearly 711.5 mm rainfall was recorded on Sunday itself.
As per information provided by the the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Dhansiri and Chathe rivers of the district are both swelling and flowing above the dangerous mark. This is leading to blockage of the drains and small streams to drain the waters into the river, causing floods in the entire area, it added.
In a statement issued by the secretary to Nagaland government, Lhouchalie Viya, it was stated that as of 1:30 pm, the rainwater had flooded nearly 13 locations of Dimapur including, Toulazouma Village; Bade Village; Tsithrongse Village; Selouphe Village; Naharbari; Darogajan; Ekhyo yan ( Domokhia ); Purana Bazar B; Purana Bazar Model Colony; Khushiabil; Siethekema basa – 7mile Village; Thahekhu Village block – 7; and Khopanala Village.
As per reports, the swelling of the Dhansiri river caused a flood in the villages around the river bank. Although the number of people trapped in Toulazouma, Bade village and Tsithrongse village were not disclosed, nearly 100 people were reportedly trapped in Domokhia.
In Thahekhu village, several houses were affected and about 70% of the entire area completely submerged under floodwaters. Both crops and houses were reportedly damaged in Selouphe and Khopanala villages of the district.
The newly inaugurated rope bridge at Tsithrongse was reportedly washed away and at Naharbari locality, one whole colony got submerged. The stretch at Siethekema Basa – 7 Mile village road was reportedly cut off.
Meanwhile, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) of Dimapur with support of State Disaster Response Force, home guards and civil defence and paramilitary forces of the Fifth Assam Rifles battalion carried out search and rescue operations across all flooded areas in the district.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio, who is also the chairman of NSDMA along with advisor of NSDMA, Kazheto Kinimi, visited the flood-affected villages across the district and assessed the situation on Sunday.
Speaking with EastMojo, an official on special duty of the NSDMA, Johnny Ruangmei, informed that all stranded persons were rescued and sheltered in seven relief camps across Dimapur. Nearly 131 people were rescued from three locations of the district, however, the exact number of the people rescued could not be ascertained till filing of this report.
Ruangmei further revealed that if the total rainfall records up to 800-1,000 mm, more areas of the district will be submerged. He also informed that NSDMA, in its official website, has been updating the weather forecasts on a weekly basis.
“As the state witnessed one of its worst flood situations, the department has learnt from it and is prepared for any future flood situation,” he added.
Meanwhile, a statement released by the NSDMA later in the day stated that some of the villages including, Tuolazouma, Bade, Tsithrongse, Seluophe, Naharbari, Darogajan, Domokhia, Purana Bazzar B, Purana Bazaar Model Colony, Khushiabil, Siethekema Basa, Thahekhu, Imkonglenden, Kuhuboto, Khopanala, Sangtamtila and Urra Colony were severely affected by the recent wave of floods in the district. In Sangtamtila, nearly four houses were swept away by the floodwaters.
The DDMA Dimapur in collaboration with Inter Agency Group of the NGOs will be making Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA), a report of which will be available within a week.
Meanwhile, the DDMA Phek also reported that due to incessant rain, a retaining wall at New Colony of Phek town collapsed claiming the life of a resident and severely injuring two others. The body of the deceased was retrieved on 26 October night.