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Wed, 17 Oct 2018

Northeast Today

Kiphire District Faces Hard Times After Getting Cut Off from Rest of Nagaland

Kiphire District Faces Hard Times After Getting Cut Off from Rest of Nagaland
August 07
12:53 2018

Kiphire district is undergoing one of its most difficult times in recent years, with the district completely isolated from the rest of the state.

Restoration of roads that were washed away by the monsoon rains is progressing at a slow pace and the only routes for travelers are roads that cut through the jungles. Vehicles are reportedly being towed across these un-pliable roads on the back of off-roaders from the Association of Off-roaders Nagaland (AON) in collaboration with the NDRF.

On Monday, the AON along with the NDRF helped tow around 20 vehicles including taxis carrying students and private cars carrying sick persons to across the sinking zone.

Passengers who managed to cross the zone on Monday expressed concern that the current means to help vehicles cross is unsustainable, and impressed on the need to restore the road at the earliest.

District administration officials informed that the DEF and IR Kiphire have provided five trucks to collect essential commodities from two trucks which have been stranded at Meluri for the past several days. These trucks are expected to reach Kiphire soon. It was also informed that one oil tanker has already crossed the bypass to Kiphire, with another on the way despite the dangerous conditions.

Officials from the Food and Civil Supplies Department informed that only a few bags of rice are in stock in the district, citing the emergent need for more supplies. For almost a week now, grocery stores in the district have been running on empty shelves. The district administration reported that after a gap of nearly a week passenger vehicles are now able to cross the landslide sink zone near Meluri. A monitoring team is still camped there to see that people travelling do not face problems.

The Kiphire Area Students Union (KASU) has meanwhile lauded the district administrations of Phek and Kiphire, the NDRF and the citizens of Meluri for giving maximum assistance in monitoring passengers and helping move goods towards Kiphire.

- The Morung Express

- Feature photo courtesy: travelo.co.in

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