New Delhi: Torrential rains, flash floods and ensuing landslides have wreaked havoc in several parts of the N-E, particularly in Nagaland, said reports on Monday. The floods have left 12 people dead in the state. A Central team from Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has visited the flood-affected state to assess the damage. Officials said Phek and Kiphire districts are worst-affected. The connectivity to these districts has been cut-off due to the landslides on National Highway-202. (Also read: CM Seeks Centre’s Help)
According to official estimates, Nagaland will require Rs 800 crore for relief and rehabilitation but there is no final decision on the amount of money to be given as aid, said reports. “Rebuilding and restoration of damaged roads and communication infrastructure is the biggest challenge before us. Few blocks are still cut-off. The rainfall was severe in July during a short duration but that led to floods, killing 12 people. Around 13 per cent of the state’s population has been affected,” said Johnny Ruangmein, officer on special duty, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, reported DNA.
Arunachal Pradesh and Assam have also witnessed floods and damages in the past week. Heavy rainfall in the catchment area of Yarlung-Tsangpo in China caused the river to swell, according to a report by researchers Chintan Sheth from the National Centre for Biological Sciences and Anirban Datta-Roy of ATREE. As a result, Siang (aka Tsangpo in Arunachal Pradesh) was in spate. In fact, the flooding in Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh contributed to flooding in Brahmaputra in four neighbouring districts of Assam, said the report.
The Chinese government had warned the Indian authorities about the rise in water level and the possibility of a deluge. Following the Chinese warning, deputy commissioner of East Siang district send an advisory, asking people to “refrain from venturing into Siang for fishing, swimming and to avoid eventualities.”