Nagaland: IAF drops relief in landslide-affected areas in state


DIMAPUR | August 5, 2018:

On Saturday, Air force helicopters had airdropped essential commodities in the landslide-affected Tening area of Peren district, Nagaland.

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Sources had said that Eastern Air Command helicopters which was loaded with essentials took off from Dimapur airport in the morning, but the two helicopters could airdrop the commodities only in the Tening area. Due to inclement weather, they could not reach the other landslide-hit areas of the state. Many places remained cut-off as roads remained blocked because of landslides.

Air force helicopters had tried to drop essential commodities on Friday as well but could not because of bad weather. The places where goods were to be airdropped included Tening and 36 Assam Rifles company camp in Peren district, Tobu in Mon district, Kiphire headquarters and Pungro in Kiphire district and Noklak and Noksen in Tuensang district.

The state home department, with the help of the Union home ministry, is air-lifting essential commodities to the cut-off areas.

The state government said it is making all-out efforts to reach essential commodities, including petroleum products, to Kiphire and Pungro, which have been completely cut-off because of massive landslides and sinking of portions of roads leading to Kiphire district from both Meluri and Tuensang sides.

District administration officials said Kiphire has food stock for a couple of days. It is rationing food and petroleum products.

Both Kiphire and Phek districts officials are camping at the spot where a large section of the road has sunk 8km from Meluri in Phek.

To facilitate carrying essential commodities across the affected area, temporary transit camps have been constructed on either side from where it will be taken in trucks to Kiphire.

Source: The Telegraph