IAF chopper deployed as Nagaland-Manipur struggle to douse wildfire in Dzukou valley

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Published: December 31,2020 12:34 PM
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December 31, 2020: As the raging wildfire in the scenic Dzukou valley continue to spread; a chopper of Indian Air Force (IAF) equipped with bambi bucket was pressed into service on Thursday.

December 31, 2020: As the raging wildfire in the scenic Dzukou valley continue to spread; a chopper of Indian Air Force (IAF) equipped with bambi bucket was pressed into service on Thursday.



The fire broke out on Tuesday following which personnel of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority swung into action but could not control it due to strong wind and difficult hilly terrain. Manipur also pressed its fire fighters into action to control the fire on its side of the border.



The fire was raging so much that it could be seen from Nagaland capital Kohima, about 30km away. Sources said the main viewpoint which is frequented by tourists has already been scorched in the fire.



“Based on the requisition by the State Government of Nagaland, HQ EAC, IAF has launched a Mi-17V5 helicopter. The helicopter is equipped with Bambi Bucket for fire fighting in Dzukou Valley near Kohima,” PRO Shillong, Ministry of Defence, tweeted.





Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday called the incident “very unfortunate”, saying the fire might have started two to three days ago.



 “Very unfortunate, that a wild fire has started at the Dzuko Valley, one of the most beautiful place in Manipur. It probably started about 2-3 days ago from the Nagaland side and crossed over to our side. It is likely that the fire might even reached Mt.Iso areaToday,” the Manipur CM tweeted.





In another tweet, the chief minister sought help to contain the fire. “This photo is clicked at 8.30 am from Mao side at Mount Khugho,” Singh tweeted. The chief minister said the fire has already crossed Mount Issi, which is the highest peak of Manipur. “If the wind direction going to southern side, there is high possibility of entering in the thickest forest call Koziirii in Manipur,” he added. “Need help.”





According to reports, Nagaland governor RN Ravi also visited the valley on December 30, a visit which was planned before the fire broke out at Dzukou valley.



The fire at Dzuko valley, likely to have caused massive damage to the biodiversity and the exact cause of the fire, has not been ascertained.