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Central team assesses flood, landslides damages in Nagaland

IANS | Kohima |

A five-member Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) on Monday visited Nagaland for an on-the-spot assessment of the situation in the wake of floods and landslides in the state during 2016, a official statement said.

The central team along with the Nagaland State Disaster Management Association officials also briefed Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu on how the natural calamities caused the damages in the state

During the meeting, Liezietsu said Nagaland is a resource crunch state totally dependent on the Centre, and disasters are an unexpected chapter which draw considerable amount from the state exchequer.

Noting that the soil in Nagaland is young which makes it more prone to landslide than the neighbouring states, he said the damages caused by rainfall here are often overlooked since our soil does not retain the rain water. This destroys not only Nagaland's crops but also its roads.

Moreover, he said, floods in the Brahmaputra river in Assam are also caused by the rainfall in Nagaland.