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Rains continue to wreack havoc in Nagaland

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, Aug 1 - Rains continued to wreak havoc in Nagaland with Kohima district being the worst-hit. Over 60 families were evacuated from their residences owing to landslides triggered by inclement rain in the district.

Emergency relief and temporary shelters have been provided to the affected families, Kohima District Disaster Management Authority said. Heavy downpour in Dimapur on Tuesday night also caused flooding in many parts of the town.

The worst affected area in Kohima is Pezielietsie Colony, Tinpatti where more than 40 families have been rendered homeless. Residents were seen dismantling houses and shifting their belongings to safer places.

Heavy rains washed away more than 40 per cent of paddy fields at Y Anner village under Tuensang district due to overflowing of Langake river.

An official release on Wednesday said the roads between Tobu and Mon and Tobu and Tuensang have been totally cut off following heavy rains. There were reports of shortage of food items in Tobu subdivision. Terrace cultivation fields were washed away while some houses were damaged.

Wokha DC and chairman of District Disaster Management Authority Dr Manazir Jeelani Samoon on Wednesday said due to incessant rain in the upstream catchment areas of Doyang Hydro Electric Project, reserve water level of Doyang dam was increasing beyond the agreed imit.

He said the excess water is being released from all the four spillway radial gates in a phase-wise manner to control flash flood in the downstream areas. Due to the constant discharge of huge volume of water from Doyang Reservoir, the Doyang river in the downstream is flowing above the normal mark, he stated.

Sanis subdivisional officer (Civil) said that the release of this excess volume of water from the reservoir is likely to continue for some more days due to unrelenting rainfall in the upper catchment area.

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