After the disastrous floods in Kerala, Nagaland is now reeling under heavy floods, which have affected lakhs of people and many lives have been lost. The State government is making all efforts to provide relief and restoration. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently spoke to Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio and assured all possible support with regards to rescue and relief operations.
Modi took stock of the flood situation and assured all possible support. The PM tweeted, ‘We stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Nagaland and pray for everyone’s well-being’. Neiphiu Rio thanked the PM for his concern. He also stated that it means a lot for the people of Nagaland and that with the support of the Government of India, the situation can be dealt easily.
In a press statement, the Nagaland government said that it requires immediate funds, an estimated Rs 800 crore, for restoration work. Twelve people have been killed, over 5,000 houses damaged and 600-odd people are in the relief camps. The government also said that over 2.6 lakh people, roughly 13 per cent of its total population, is affected in 532 villages. Over 5,000 acres of agricultural land has been affected.
Johny Ruangmei, officer on special duty, Nagaland State Disaster Management authority urged for immediate restoration of the affected roadways. People also urgently need basic items as scarcity of food items is affecting the relief camps.