Nagaland floods: Rajnath speaks to CM, NDRF teams being rushed to state

More than 1,200 people have died, including 11 in Nagaland, due to rains, floods and landslides across eight states during the monsoon season so far, according to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. 

Written by Abhishek Saha | Guwahati | Updated: August 31, 2018 5:59:30 am
Home Minister Rajnath Singh. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday spoke to Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio regarding the damage caused by floods and landslides at several places in the state which, according to official figures, have already killed 11 people and displaced thousands in one month.

“NDRF teams are being rushed to the state by the MHA to carry out rescue and relief operations,” Singh tweeted. The development came a day after Rio appealed for help and shared bank details of the CM Relief Fund on Twitter. Nagaland officials say that major roads, including NH-29, are cut off and there is a power failure because of rising water level at the Doyang hydro electric project.

On Thursday, Rio visited Kiphire district along with officials to take stock of the situation. Johny Ruangmei, officer on special duty, Nagaland state disaster management authority, told The Indian Express, “The flood situation is under control as of now but road connectivity in several areas is very badly hit.” He added that the restoring road connectivity is the priority now.

In Arunachal Pradesh, deputy commissioner of East Siang district, T Tatak, issued a circular on Wednesday saying that due to heavy rainfall in China, increment of 950 cumec per second will occur on the Siang (Tsangpo in China_. The Siang is joined downstream by two rivers to form the Brahmaputra.

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