The Kohima-Dimapur road near Avile Petrol Pump at Lower Para Medical area, Kohima, was completely cut off early Sunday morning due to massive land sinking and landslide. (Morung Photo)
Kohima DC asks public not to panic for essential commodities
Kohima | July 8
A stretch of National Highway- 29 (Kohima-Dimapur road) near Avile Petrol Pump at Lower Para Medical area, Kohima, was completely cut off early Sunday morning due to massive land sinking and landslide following incessant rain for the last few days.
It is reported that the road went down some 10ft below the actual road level virtually cutting off Nagaland State capital Kohima as well as Manipur State.
Several Manipur-bound trucks loaded with essential items were stranded on the highway. This highway is also the lifeline of neighbouring state Manipur.
Kohima Deputy commissioner Rajesh Soundararajan, when contacted, informed that the public should not panic for essential commodities as necessary arrangements are being made to bring them via alternate routes.
Presently, he said, there are sufficient quantities of essential commodities in Kohima.
“We have to divert the route. That is the only alternative (for restoration of this road),” said PWD Minister Tongpang Ozukum while taking to media persons at the spot.
He said the only alternative is to divert the road cutting through some portion of private land and houses above the damaged highway.
Ozukum said that the Police, District Administration, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and the Highways will have a meeting with the landowners for the possibilities.
Expressing deep concern for the inconvenience caused to the public due to the landslide, Ozukum said the main cause of the disaster is water logging.
He declared that the State PWD is ready to extend help in all possible ways to restore the road and connectivity.
After visiting the site, Ozukum along with his department officers also inspected the road condition of Jotsoma and Peducha to give report to the police and administration for alternate traffic arrangements.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Yanthungo Patton, in-charge Home and National Highways, visited the site and instructed the concerned for taking necessary measures.
R. Temsu Temjen, Chief Engineer, PWD National Highways and Bendangkokba, Commissioner & Secretary, Works & Housing, inspected the site along with the administration and informed that the only option is to cut a fresh road just above the existing road for road restoration.
The department will negotiate with the land owner and once the land owner agrees, the work will start, said Temjen.
Three families affected
The road sinking also affected residential house above the landslide portion, affecting three families and their houses evacuated and relocated to safer location.
Sources informed The Morung Express that emergency relief has been distributed to the affected families.
NSDMA adviser Pukhayi Sumi gave cash to one elderly man who was paralysed and bed ridden.
The operation was a joint effort of the NH & Roads, NSDMA and DDMA Kohima. The rescue operations were carried out by the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) under the commander of Sub Inspector Vingutuo Ngusanyü.
The District Disaster Managemnt Authority (DDMA), Kohima held an emergency meeting chaired by the ADC Kohima with all line departments with regards to the road sinking. During the meeting it was decided that restorative works will begin Monday. Talks were also held with the respective land owners and due relief will be given by the NSDMA. This was informed in a press release by the NSDMA.
According to the NSDMA weather analysis, moderate to heavy Monsoon rains and thundershowers are expected on July 9 across Nagaland state. Rains would reduce slightly but moderate rains are likely over many parts of the State on July 10 and 11.
On July 12, Kiphire and Mon districts will see light to moderate showers but the rest of the districts might see some isolated heavy spells.
Second half of the week from July 13-15, rains would reduce but again light rains during day time and moderate showers during evening hours cannot be ruled out.
Day will be partly cloudy to cloudy throughout the week. Maximum temperatures would settle from 25 degrees to 27 degrees Celsius, while minimum temperatures would be from 16 degree Celsius to 18 degree Celsius.