The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - J.H. Hutton, Diaries of Two Tours in the Unadministered Area East of the Naga Hills', 1926

caption: Second Tour
caption: storm damage at Mokokchung
medium: articlestours
person: Miran
location: Mokokchung
date: 30.10.1923
person: Hutton/ J.H.
date: 10.1923-11.1923
text: Oct. 30th. - To Mokokchung. On the way I saw for the first time the damage done by the cloud-burst that occurred here on the evening of July 31st. The rain only lasted from 8 p.m. to about midnight, but the damage done was extraordinary. There was no wind, and it was all done by water falling. The trees were broken and up-rooted. The Impur Mission compound fencing was totally destroyed so that the boundaries could not be traced, the iron gate and padlock being lost entirely and not yet found though they can hardly have dissolved in the rain. Enormous slips were visible like great scars on both sides of the Mening valley and the streams we crossed, which used to be little streams and dry now, had been converted to great chasms littered with debris of broken rocks and broken trees. In places the surface of the ground where there was no watercourse at all, had been denuded of all growth and cleaned as if for jhuming almost, while elsewhere huge rocks had been carried down from the top of the hill and left where there were no rocks before. I called in to see Miran on my way through Mokokchung village. He seemed very bad and cannot last long, but was obviously expecting our arrival at his house.