The state of Nagaland has experienced one of the worst floods in recent history where a large number of families have been impacted and huge economic loses have been incurred. Despite the emergent crisis, the Sangtam tribe celebrated its annual harvest festival signifying the light of human possibility in hard times.
The New Leam Staff
Nature has once again showed that human beings can never dominate and control it to suit their whims and wishes. After the devastating floods in Kerala, Nagaland witnessed a devastating flood. The incessant rain triggered unprecedented landslide and flood in Nagaland for a month. It is the worst flood in the history of Nagaland.
More than 13% of the state population and over 48,000 families in 542 villages are affected, roads have been damaged at 557 locations, culverts have been damaged at 250 locations, 4 bridges have been destroyed, and two primary schools have been completely destroyed, 300 hectares of paddy fields too were destroyed and large parts of the NH -29 and other roads has been cut off.
The NDRF team rushed to Nagaland to rescue the people who have been severely impacted by the flood. Reportedly, the damage is pegged at around Rs 800 Crore. It has claimed lives and left thousands homeless. Kiphire is the worst hit district in Nagaland and has been completely cut off from Nagaland.
There is only one road to Kiphire, and that had been blocked. People donated over 2 Crore 33 lakhs to help the victims in Nagaland. 10 rehabilitation camps have been opened. But, it is insufficient to provide basic amenities and immediate requirements to those who have been impacted by the devastating floods of the state.
Nagaland people need help to reconstruct the state. It feels bad that the mainstream media, electronic and print media have not paid enough attention to draw people’s attention. The water levels of river Tsangpo (Brahmaputra) have risen to an unprecedented record and the impact of the flood is such that it is also affecting the neighboring state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Despite the odd situation, the Sangtam Tribe who resides in Kiphire and Tuesang districts celebrated their biggest festival Mongmong harvest festival from September (1-6). The Naga people have never lost their spirit of fighting back despite the advent of crisis.