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Sat, 18 Aug 2018

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Nerhema Landslides Destroy Terrace Fields, Houses and Roads in Nagaland

Nerhema Landslides Destroy Terrace Fields, Houses and Roads in Nagaland
August 08
11:11 2018

Heavy rainfall in the last few days has triggered multiple landslides in Nerhema along National Highway-2, affecting a large number of terrace fields, houses, and the village approach road.

Nerhema village lies 24 km away from the state capital Kohima.

After inspecting the affected areas on Tuesday along with others, Nerhema VDB secretary Rukravolie Rulho said that multiple landslides caused severe damage to large number of terrace fields in different parts of the village, affecting around 35 families. The list of the affected families is still being collected for submission to the concerned authority, he said.

The VDB Secretary said that 6 houses have been damaged, including a highway hotel, leaving many families displaced. Two traditional wells have also been washed away.

The village approach road was totally cut off, forcing the villagers to use the circular road as an alternative route. Rulho said that major landslides also occurred in eight points along National Highway-2 within Nerhema jurisdiction.

He added that Nerhema is perhaps the most severely affected village under Kohima district during this year’s monsoon related disaster.

Rulho also made a fervent appeal to the concerned department to take stock of the situation and extend help in every possible way.

The stretch of Khalie-zie terrace field, approximately 500 metres, was completely washed away by major landslides. “Everything was washed away,” said a member of one of the affected families, Neize-o Kiewhuo.

Stating that many families depend solely on terrace cultivation for their livelihood, Kiewhuo requested the Disaster Management Authority to come for spot verification and assist the affected families.

- The Morung Express

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