Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has sought immediate interim Central assistance and intervention to rescue the state from a crisis-like situation.
In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday night, Rio pointed out that unprecedented heavy rainfall in Nagaland has resulted in landslides and sinking of roads, causing extensive damage to infrastructure and properties all over the state besides claiming precious human lives.
He said landslides have damaged national and state highways disrupting vehicular traffic at many places and snapping power lines and communication networks. Rio said the state government was preparing a detailed report of damages and calamities, but the challenges were ongoing and the administration was constantly grappling with the problem on a daily basis.
The letter said supply of essential commodities, including petroleum products, to all district headquarters was not possible and stocks were getting depleted. In the foothills and plain areas, floods have caused enormous damage to life and property and submerged all colonies and villages in these areas.
He said the state government was unable to address the challenges due to lack of resources, absence of adequate machineries and equipment and poor connectivity among other inadequacies.
Rio stated that while the local media had extensively covered the calamity, there was hardly a mention in the national media and thus it had become essential to draw the Prime Minister’s attention to the calamity in the state.
He informed that the government agencies in coordination with Nagaland Disaster Management Authority were making all out efforts for restoring damaged infrastructure and taking measures for relief and rehabilitation.