Debris from a landslide blocking off the road at Reguri under Meluri Sub Division.
Kohima/Kiphire | September 10
Kiphire Deputy Commissioner, Mohammad Ali Shihab has informed that the hiring cost of trucks carrying essential commodities from Dimapur to Kiphire has shot up to Rs. 80,000.
Making a presentation during the debriefing of the Inter Ministerial Central Team at Hotel Vivor here last week, Shihab, who is also the chairman of DDMA Kiphire expressed grief that with the district being cut off for nearly a month due to landslides, the administration is yet to reach remote villages with relief materials.
The main Highway NH-202 connecting Kiphire to Kohima and Tuensang was cut-off at various locations on July 29 due to the torrential rain, with major effected location/site being Meluri in Phek district and Yei Bridge in Tuensang district. Since then, he said the normal flow of traffic, particularly for goods laden heavy vehicles, has been badly affected.
Though the Meluri stretch has been restored through a bypass, the road is not safe for heavy vehicles as the soil of a particular portion is slippery and slushy. Even light vehicles are facing problem when it rains, he said. Due to the said road conditions, the normal supply of essential commodities from Dimapur has been affected severely and district is facing acute shortage of rice.
On the relief and rehabilitation works, the DC said that so far the DDMA and District Administration has distributed 268 bags (50 Kgs each) of rice from; and 30 bags have been received from the 7th AR on the Governor’s directive. This has been supplemented with 2 bags (50 Kgs each) of Dal, 150 Litres of Refined Oil, 2 bags (50 Kgs each) of Sugar, 20 Kgs of Milk Powder and 20 Kgs of Tea Leaf.
The DC stated that the administration is regulating the private markets in the distribution of rice and has so far distributed 9 truckloads of rice. He said 6 truck loads came from Jorhat (Assam) via Mokokchung and Aghunato.
Of the 110 villages in Kiphire, DDMA has reportedly not been able to reach most of them due to bad weather conditions and damaged roads. The DC said that since Kiphire does not produce rice, villagers in those areas are surviving on local products like kholar and maize.
He therefore sought the immediate attention of the central government in restoration of the main National Highway and village roads in order to reinstate normalcy.
Relief materials reach Kiphire
Relief materials, including hundreds of bags of rice donated to the people of Kiphire by various NGOs and clubs from across Nagaland was received by the District Disaster Management Authority Kiphire (DDMA) today.
DDMA officials informed that said they relief materials include 100 bags rice from the All Sumi Students’ Union (SKK), 120 bags rice from Frontier Royal Enfield En-Block (FREE) and 40 bags Rice from IIT- Guwahati.
Donations and fund drive for Kiphire started all over Nagaland, after a video where people were seen desperately rushing to buy rice went viral on social media, following the recent monsoon disaster in the state.
According to DDMA officials, availability of essential commodities in the market is back to normal. It meanwhile urged against the spread of unverified information on the current situation.