Dzukou Valley inferno: Home Ministry steps in; addl NDRF teams, IAF helicopters deployed

On January 1, Manipur CM N Biren Singh received a call from union home minister Amit Shah to assess and discuss the situation about the wildfire at Dzukou valley.
Dzukou Valley inferno: Home Ministry steps in; addl NDRF teams, IAF helicopters deployed

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The joint efforts to douse the raging inferno at Dzukou Valley at the Nagaland-Manipur border area is ongoing with the active participation of both the state and central agencies.

According to the latest report, three teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have also reached Nagaland and, one team comprising of 50-60 members is already on the spot.

"One team is on the way and the other is yet to move from Dimapur (Nagaland)," official sources informed.

According to the deputy commissioner of Kohima (Nagaland), Mohammed Ali Shihad A, the fire is spreading more on Manipur side and, is now under control on the Nagaland side.

"The officials are also assessing the areas damage and are still under process," he said adding that the teams will try and douse the fire with the main objective of preventing it from spreading more.

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Dzukou Valley inferno: Home Ministry steps in; addl NDRF teams, IAF helicopters deployed
Nagaland's Dzükou Valley Inferno: Manipur govt, IAF, Army step in to douse wildfire

The fire that broke out on December 29 at Dzükou Valley on the Nagaland side made its way rapidly towards Manipur's border prompting the chief minister, N Biren Singh to seek the intervention of the centre.

On January 1, Singh received a call from union home minister Amit Shah to assess and discuss the situation about the wildfire at Dzukou valley.

"Amit Shah Ji has assured all the necessary assistance from the Home Ministry to contain the situation at earliest," the Manipur CM tweeted.

Singh on Saturday informed that the NDRF has deployed 60 personnel at the wildfire site at Dzukou valley.

Similarly, the Indian Air Force on Friday deployed a Mi 17 V5 helicopter for the fire fighting mission at Dzukou Valley.

"A C-130J Hercules aircraft of the IAF airlifted 9-Ton load for fire fighting including 48 NDRF personnel from Guwahati to Dimapur yesterday night," Defence PRO (Shillong) Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said on Saturday.

After assessment of the extent of the fire, the IAF is deploying three more helicopters equipped with Bambi Bucket.

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