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Nagaland: The floods you did not know about

State disaster management authority needs Rs 800 crore to repair damages

Kohima.

After Kerala disaster, there is another flood that India needs to take care of. In Nagaland, where 12 people have died and over 3,000 have been displaced.

With the state’s road network badly damaged, basic essential commodities are either being air dropped or shipped on smaller vehicles to as far as possible.

Who all are affected

More than 13% of the state population, comprising over 48,000 families in 532 villages, is affected by one of the worst monsoon seasons Nagaland has had. Besides floods, the state has witnessed many landslides since July 26.

Series of disasters during this monsoon season have disrupted the roads in multiple locations, rendered many people homeless and damaged agriculture. The state capital Kohima and the districts of Tuensang, Kiphire and Phek have been severely affected, he said.

The three districts of Tuensang, Kiphire and Phek were cut off from the rest of the state for about 15 days since the rains became incessant from the July 26, he said adding that about 359 locations of roads have been totally cut off sending the state into an SoS situation.

Centre ensures support

While the Centre has ensured full support, the state disaster management authority said approximately Rs 800 crore is required immediately for the repair of the damages. An inter-ministerial central team will visit the state this week to make an on-the-spot assessment of the damages.

Dam state

The situation in Nagaland was worsened by poor management of its dams. The water-level at the Doyang hydro electric project, a reservoir on a tributary of Brahmaputra, had started above the normal level on July 27.

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