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Nagaland: Final report landslide risk evaluation of Noklak town presented

Prof. G.T.Thong stated nearly one-fourth of the Noklak township are affected by Kiam landslide where the people and their assets are in danger. The landslide has plagued Noklak town and its citizens for more than two decades.

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Kohima: Presentation on landslide risk evaluation of Noklak Town final report by the Department of Geology, Nagaland University was held on Thursday at DC’s Conference Hall, Noklak.

In his PowerPoint presentation of the final report of the project, Prof. G.T.Thong stated nearly one-fourth of the Noklak township are affected by Kiam landslide where the people and their assets are in danger. The landslide has plagued Noklak town and its citizens for more than two decades.

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Prof. Thong explained in detail the causes of landslides like tectonic activity, earthquakes, high precipitation, poor drainage and anthropogenic activity. The town rests on disang rocks (mostly shale) and slope material (soil & rock Debris) and the depth of soil cover is 3-5m. Most of the rainfall in the northern part of town flows into Kiamong river passing through slide zone, Prof. Thong added.

The main objectives of the project were  determination of mechanical properties of soils & rocks of Noklak landslide zones, preparation of landslide susceptible & risk maps of Noklak Town and to suggest remedial/ mitigation measures. The overview of study area as found are highly unstable due to weak rocks, steep slopes and sparse vegetation where the situation is aggravated by running water, Prof. Thong stated.

The remedial suggestions for Noklak Town in the report says: preparation/ modification & implementation of building code essential, plan for expansion of township towards east, conduct awareness programs, good drainage network. The report also suggested not to construct heavy structures on weak slopes, not to initiate developmental activities in the slide zone’ and ensure proper disposal of waste particularly non bio degradable.

The mitigation measures reported are: prospect for permanent measures bleak and the viable option are proper line drains along Kiamong river course and check dams to reduce velocity & minimise erosion.

The project was taken by Dr. Temsulemba Walling as Principal Investigator, Prof. G.T.Thong as Co-PI, Mademshila Jamir as Research Fellow and Nokendangba Chang as Project Assistant under the Department of Geology, Nagaland University Kohima campus, Meriema. The project started on 1st June 2018 and concluded on the 30th March 2021.

Prof. G.T. Thong expressed his acknowledgement to Noklak District Administration, Noklak Village Council and Kiam Landslide Committee for their support and cooperation.

Officers from Geology Survey of India who are also working on the kiamong landslide highlighted on how there are working on the land slide during the meeting.

While welcoming the resource person and his team from Geology Department of Nagaland University and Geology Survey of India, SDO (Civil) Noklak C.Phuniang highlighted the problems caused by the landslide in Noklak Town and congratulated the successful completion of the project. A copy of the project report was handed over to District Administration Noklak.

IPR holds crash course training on live sound management

The Information and Public Relations Department is holding a two-day Intensive Crash Course on Live Sound Management with Director, Pheto Music & Film Academy Dimapur, Kashito Kiba Managing Nagaland as the resource person from 21st & 22nd October, 2021 at Conference Hall DIPR.

Director, Information and Public Relations, Er. Z. Tokishe Sema in his speech stated that we are fortunate for the opportunity to serve the Government as well as the people. He encouraged the trainees to hard work and create a good workplace environment. Sema also stated that one should be motivated to learn new skills and do well in their duties, and be responsible.

On the first day, class on basic and brief introduction of live sound, system configuration of live sound, external analogue processor and system of corrections and configuration were imparted.

The inaugural function was chaired by Joint Director IPR, Kevizayienuo.

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