After Kerala, it’s about time we turned our attention towards Nagaland, which, for the past month, has been witness to incessant rainfall causing severe floods and landslides all over the state.
Thus far, 12 people have died, and more than 3000 families have been displaced across 400 villages, according to the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority.
“The damage this year is unprecedented in the history,” Temjen Toy, Chief Secretary, Nagaland, told Hindustan Times. Mind you, this is the same state that had contributed Rs 1 crore for Kerala flood relief earlier this month – even though it was battling a natural disaster of its own.
Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio reached out to the Centre yesterday, seeking immediate flood relief and assistance. For immediate assistance, the State government has demanded an initial sum of Rs 219 crore.
Spoke to Nagaland Chief Minister Shri @Neiphiu_Rio regarding the situation arising due to floods and landslides in several places of the State. NDRF teams are being rushed to the state by the MHA to carry out rescue and relief operations.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) August 30, 2018
However, officials in the state claim that this demand can rise to Rs 400 crore even though the total damage in the state has been pegged around Rs 800 crore.
#Nagaland needs your #help. Incessant rain has caused floods & landslides in several parts of the state & have affected many. #Relief #helpinghand #NorthEast @PMOIndia @narendramodi @HMOIndia @rajnathsingh @KirenRijiju @MDoNER_India @DrJitendraSingh pic.twitter.com/OC3fmLYCcB
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) August 29, 2018
Despite the devastation, vast swathes of Northeast India have witnessed deficit rainfall. According to the Regional Meteorological Department Centre in Guwahati, Nagaland has seen a 26% deficit this season until August 29.
“It is the nature of the rainfall which is disruptive. It pours 100 mm in one hour,” Johnny Asin, officer on special duty, disaster management, at the Nagaland government, told the Hindustan Times.
Flooding in the state is due to heavy rainfall in the northern reaches of the state, leaving the Doyang Hydroelectric project in Wokha district unable to hold onto water any longer. Water released from the dam has caused serious flooding downstream.
Thus far, three districts remain cut off, and according to Toy, “the state of affairs is so sad that the main Dimapur to Kohima national highway is blocked.”
— NDMA India (@ndmaindia) August 30, 2018
“About 359 locations of roads have been totally cut-off sending the state into an emergency situation,” said Johnny, speaking to the publication.
Although all districts are affected, Kiphere, which borders Myanmar, is the worst affected.
If you want to donate for flood relief and rehabilitation, you can donate to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. Here are the bank account details:
A/C No. 10530527879
IFSC Code: SBIN0000214
State Bank of India, Kohima Branch
(Edited By Vinayak Hegde)