The Indian Air Force (IAF) under the Eastern Air Command has started air dropping essential commodities in the landslide-affected districts of Nagaland from this morning.
In a release, the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) under the Home Department informed that the districts where essential commodities would be air-dropped include Peren district (at Tening and 36 Assam Rifles Company Camp at Peren), Mon district (at Tobu), Kiphire district (at Kiphire and Pungro) and Tuensang district (at Noklak and Noksen).
The NSDMA further informed the general public that the State Emergency Operation Centre (SEOC) toll free number is 1070. It stated that the toll free number, which is functional round-the-clock, is an emergency helpline for any kinds of natural disasters.
Meanwhile, the state government is making all-out effort to reach essential commodities, including petroleum products to Kiphire and Pungro area, which have been completely cut off due to massive landslides and sinking of portions of roads leading to the district from both Meluri and Tuensang sides.
According to the district administration, Kiphire has food-stock to last for a couple of days and rationing has been imposed for food and petroleum products, a DIPR report stated. The Nagaland Home Department has tied up with the Central Ministry of Home Affairs for Air lifting essential commodities to the cut off areas. However, the operation has been hampered by inclement weather and is on standby at present. Nagaland Food & Civil Supplies Department is also geared up and has prepared the food grains for transport as and when the air lifting is feasible.
In the meantime, the officers from the district administration of both Kiphire and Meluri (Phek) are camped at the spot where a large section of the road has sunk at 8 Km from Meluri side. Temporary transit camps have been constructed with the help of volunteers on either side for facilitating manual carriage of essential commodities across the affected area from where the trucks could be utilised to transport the goods to Kiphire. A few goods-laden trucks are already reported to be stationed at Meluri, while oil tankers are already on their way negotiating via Mao gate towards Meluri. More essential commodities are expected to reach Meluri soon.
The Inspector General of Assam Rifles has also loaned their two JCBs and bulldozer to assist in the restoration works. Trucks and excavators of the various government departments, besides the NPWD have all been pressed into service to mitigate and manage this unprecedented natural disaster in the state, which has been triggered by unceasing rains in the last few weeks. (UNI)