Rain and landslide swipe away paddy fields in Noklak

Portion of the paddy field damaged and washed away by torrential rainfall and landslide in village under Noklak district. (Photo Courtesy: WNYSU)
Portion of the paddy field damaged and washed away by torrential rainfall and landslide in village under Noklak district. (Photo Courtesy: WNYSU)
Portion of the paddy field damaged and washed away by torrential rainfall and landslide in village under Noklak district. (Photo Courtesy: WNYSU)
Portion of the paddy field damaged and washed away by torrential rainfall and landslide in village under Noklak district. (Photo Courtesy: WNYSU)

Noklak, June 29 (MExN): Following the occurrence of torrential rainfall and landslide, there are reports of damages caused to a number of paddy fields belonging to the villagers of New Pangsha, Old Pangsha and ITC Dan under the 'newly created' Noklak district. 


Reporting on the calamity, Wolam Nyukyan (New Pangsha) Students’ Union (WNYSU) President P Nyukshing Lam and Executive Secretary Samo T in a press release said that a team rushed to the spot and observe the “massive” destruction on June 26. 


Recounting the disaster experience, Mucho (Laga), who is in his 70s said that just three ago he had completed the work in the paddy field which was unfortunately washed away by the heavy rainfall. 


According to the union, there were landslide at different points which washed away around 35 paddy fields, locally built bridges connecting villages and field, main linked road Laang tributaries bridges of Jom and Khemong rivers. Number of paddy field irrigations and power department channel at Lamdem Hydro Project were all washed by the overflow of Laang River.


Amidst the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic, the people of Wolam (Pangsha) not only fear the deadly virus, but are “physically and mentally disturbed by the famine and risk of public movement in everyday life,” the union stated. 


For the citizen of Wolam, agricultural being the only means of livelihood, WNYSU appealed the concern authorities to immediately compensate those effected, and also repair the roads, bridges and channels.