The Nagas

Hill Peoples of Northeast India

Project Introduction The Naga Database

published - extracts on Nagas from 'Assam Administration Report'

caption: Naga Hills district
caption: Relations with Tributary States and Frontier Affairs
caption: Health; cholera; goitres
medium: reports
person: Lyons/ Mr
ethnicgroup: Lhota
location: Kohima
date: 1886
date: 1887
text: 33. The year was marked by a disastrous, though very local, outbreak of cholera, a disease which has not visited these hills since 1880. Its introduction was traced to a body of coolies who had been impressed to carry the baggage of a detachment of the 44th Gurkha Light Infantry to Manipur in the month of June, and who brought the infection back with them. Nearly all these coolies, 160 in number, succumbed on their return to their villages, from which altogether 350 deaths were reported. The epidemic was limited to a group of villages near the Manipur frontier and to the village of Kohima itself. In the latter, 367 deaths were reported, out of an estimated total population of 2,012 souls, a rate of 182 per mile. Five cases occurred in the station itself, of which one only proved fatal. The sole victim was Mr. Lyons, the Subadar of the Frontier Police, whose death was a great loss to the battalion in which his services were much appreciated. The general health of the district was indifferent. Though there was no small-pox, there was more fever than usual; Naga sores showed signs of disappearing, but goitre is exceedingly prevalent in the lower ranges and among the Lhotas.