Pre-monsoon havoc: One dead, widespread infra damage in Nagaland

In this photo provided by the Power Department Nagaland, a fallen tree is seen tugging on power lines after a heavy storm lashed Nagaland on April 20.

NSDMA provides state-wide updates

Kohima, April 21 (MExN): The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) reported today that one life has been lost, and numerous districts in the State have experienced damage to homes and public infrastructure due to ongoing severe pre-monsoon weather.

As per the Authority, one casualty was reported from Pathso Noking village due to flash flooding in a field. Damages were also reported affecting road infrastructure, especially in Noklak-Nokhu, Noklak-Patsho, and Noklak-Tuensang roads, it said. 

The road from Noklak to Nokhu was eventually opened for one-way traffic with the intervention of the District Disaster Management Authority and concerned line departments, it added. 

In Tuensang, a major landslide occurred in St. John A Ward, Tuensang town, where 25 houses had to be evacuated. The road connecting Mokokchung to Tuensang has been badly affected, especially beginning from Longkhim to Tuensang, where nearly 15 landslides have been reported, out of which 7 are severe, it said. 

This landslide, triggered by the extreme weather event on the midnight of April 20, is likely to cut off the road between Mokokchung to Tuensang unless the concerned line departments take immediate measures, it added. 

In addition, damage reports were also received from Chare, Chimonger, Longkhim, Mangakhi, Anangba, Helipong, Noksen, Litem, Tuensang village, and Tuensang town. Road blockades, culvert damages, and major landslides were reported from many locations. 

Meanwhile, in Niuland district, reports have been received regarding damages to households in Hevishe village, disruption of power communication lines in Showba area, and blowing away of roofs in Kaghaboto village, the NSDMA said. Vegetation was damaged, and heavy water logging was also seen in many locations, it added. 

In Kiphire district, damages were reported from Old Monger, Sitimi town area, Mutriki river area, and Kiusam town area. Houses, granaries, pipelines, electric poles, agriculture crops, and fisheries were severely affected. 

In Chümoukedima, damage reports to households were received from Manglumukh village, Shikhavi village, and Sietheke Basa, the Authority said. In Zunheboto district, damages were reported from Akuba new village, VK town, and Suruhoto. In Wokha district, damages were reported from Airfield, Tsumang B, and Etsutchukha colony. Damages include water logging, drainage blockade, and household damages. 

The Peren district was also affected, with severe damages to many houses due to pre-monsoon extreme weather events that occurred on March 26.

As reported by The Morung Express on April 22, the Saturday hailstorm uprooted trees and affected several distribution lines of the Power Department in Dimapur and adjoining areas. Meanwhile, the NSDMA pointed out that it had earlier issued an advisory regarding the weather condition on April 17 while an SMS alert was issued on April 20 at 10:30 PM regarding a heavy thunderstorm that night.