In a unique rescue operation, hundreds of villagers in Nagaland came together to pull out a truck of a gorge that was nearly 70-feet deep. A video of the unique feat is now being widely shared online.
According to local reports, the truck carrying ginger was headed to Dimapur when it suddenly lost control and fell into the gorge. But villagers of the Kutsapo village in Phek district promptly responded to the incident and managed to pull the truck back onto the road.
Videos being widely shared across social media sites show the villagers using ropes, bamboos and vines to pull out the truck. They even sang in unison to encourage one another as they worked.
Nagaland state legislator and BJP national spokesperson Mmhonlumo Kikon took to Twitter to share the video hailing “the spirit of unity” that made the operation successful. The video has since been viewed over a million times.
In a village in Nagaland (not yet identified) the entire community pulls up a truck which fell off the road with ropes & the spirit of unity!
More information awaited! As received on WhatsApp! pic.twitter.com/B0joxEPEKU
— Mmhonlumo Kikon (@MmhonlumoKikon) January 10, 2021
Another video shared by Abu Mehta, adviser to the Nagaland CM and Secretary General Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), shows the operation from a different angle. Commenting about the rich cultural heritage of Naga society, Mehta added: “This video from interior #Nagaland exemplifies & showcases the strong social bonds that is so deep rooted in #Naga society.”
The IndomitableHumanSpirit ! A prayer to Almighty &it’s all team work.This video from interior #Nagaland exemplifies&showcases the strong social bonds that is so deep rooted in #Naga society. What a way to celebrate our rich cultural heritage!@mygovindia @PMOIndia @MyGovNagaland pic.twitter.com/y78breTf1I
— abu metha (@abumetha) January 10, 2021
Speaking with EastMojo, Kutsapo village council chairman Zashevezo Rhakho said that men from the village who were “fit and not sick” were called upon to help and “about a hundred of men positively turned up for the rescue operation”. He added that it concluded quicker than expected.
The chairman explained that assistance from the villagers was needed since the remote village had no heavy machinery.
“The truck fell few metres down the road at a turning point. We tied ropes to the truck and build steps with bamboo to prevent the truck from skidding down when we pull it. We cleared the areas where the tyres will roll-up. That is how we managed to easily pull it off,” he told the outlet.
The truck had eight passengers including the driver, but no one was severely injured, the report added.
Traditionally, stone pulling rituals to commemorate achievements are pretty common in some tribes of the state. Many commenting on social media drew parallels between the ritual and the technique used to pull up the truck. However, many also criticised the poor condition of the roads that caused such accidents.
People before Hydraulic Cranes were invented :–👇 https://t.co/2gr2p3TSFS
— Young Dumb Broke (@3pradyuman) January 12, 2021
This is what a mob of people can do, when acting positively. https://t.co/rUC52ovHOs
— Andrew Leyden (@PenguinSix) January 11, 2021
A testimony of what united human effort is capable of. https://t.co/SHwAjOf7Ar
— Nihit Kulshreshtha (@Nihitkul) January 11, 2021
This is incredible!. How strong is a team work. https://t.co/a9lvfT7b55
— asourosi (@asourosiroger) January 11, 2021
This is awesome.
(We should of course widen and fortify those roads so a larger truck can help. But the power of a crowd can be to do great positive things also!) https://t.co/u9h2lWLENB
— Deepak Shenoy (@deepakshenoy) January 10, 2021
Collectively we can…! Worth watching. https://t.co/idQZNsCjtT
— Ramesh Pandey (@rameshpandeyifs) January 10, 2021
Believes, team work, unity and human spirits. God bless all.
— Ardhendu (@ArdhenduSBera1) January 11, 2021
U should not be proud of it. Though we have unity, its show our pathetic conditions of being existing.
— Limjan (@LimJungio) January 10, 2021
Pls provide intense support with suitable infra for thia geographically challenged region. Safety is unavoidable component of infrastructure.
— Sanjay Parmar (@SANJAYOFMAHUVA) January 11, 2021
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