Heavy rainstorm cause damage to infra across Nagaland

Power department employees remove damaged part of electric pole in Dimapur. Heavy downpour coupled with hailstorm in several parts of Dimapur caused extensive damages to power lines on April 20.

Blackouts in Dimapur and other dists as gusty winds damage power lines


Morung Express News 
Dimapur | April 21 

Amid the current rainfall and pre-monsoon activities in Nagaland and the North-East region, instances of flooding, landslides, damages to power lines have been reported from across the State on Sunday. 

In Dimapur and adjoining areas, heavy downpour coupled with hailstorm and gusty winds on Saturday night, uprooted trees and affected several distribution lines of the Power Department.

As a result, outages were reported from several areas for long hours due to widespread damages to electrical utilities. 

According to the Executive Engineer of Dimapur Electrical Division, Er Akito Sema, the April 20 storm caused extensive damages to the power lines, particularly the distribution lines.

Nevertheless the department has been able to restore 90% of those affected, including the main town area of Dimapur, he informed Sunday evening.  

However, power supplies in parts of Kuda, Chekiye and Thilixu villages; Electrical colony, Nagarjan, the main highway areas of 3rd and 4th Mile Dimapur-Chümoukedima were yet to be fully restored.  

We are still trying to locate the fault lines in these localities, the official added. 

Water-logging was also reported from various locations. 

Meanwhile, there were reports of ‘unusual’ flooding of Tizu River, particularly in Zunheboto areas. Several paddy fields were washed off near Longsa Village in Mokokchung and a landslide at the DC Office premises on April 21 damaged two transformers feeding the Deputy Commissioner Office and Session court.

The Muksuhki Road connecting Tuensang and Shamator districts was also reportedly cut off due to landslide while there were temporary road blocks at Satsami area near VK Town in Zunheboto due to landslide.   Similar situation were reported in Mokokchung-Amguri road. 

On April 17, the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) had forecast that Nagaland is likely to experience rainfall and other pre-monsoon activities such as lightning, thunderstorms, and squally winds till April 23 with fairly widespread light to heavy rain in many locations. 

The Authority, however, was yet to update on State-wise report on damages on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the Regional Met Centre Guwahati under India Meteorological Department on April 21 forecasted continued rainfall activity in the region till April 25, with ‘Yellow’ (Be Updated) alert. For Nagaland, likelihood of lightning, thunderstorms, and squally winds were predicted till April 23.