Dzukou Valley Wildfire: Amit Shah Assures Assistance as Wildfire Spreads to Manipur from Nagaland; CM seeks NDRF, Army's help

Union home minister Amit Shah called up Manipur chief minister N Biren Sigh and assured him of all assistance from the Centre to contain the wildfire which broke out on Tuesday in Dzukou Range in neighbouring Nagaland and has spread to Senapati district of the state.

Dzukou Valley Wildfire: Amit Shah Assures Assistance as Wildfire Spreads to Manipur from Nagaland; CM seeks NDRF, Army's help
Dzukou Wildfire (Photo: Twitter)

Union home minister Amit Shah called up Manipur chief minister N Biren Sigh and assured him of all assistance from the Centre to contain the wildfire which broke out on Tuesday in Dzukou Range in neighbouring Nagaland and has spread to Senapati district of the state.

“Amit Shah Ji has assured all the necessary assistance from the Home Ministry to contain the situation at earliest,” CM Biren added.

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Manipur CM, N Biren Singh on arial survey of the situation

On Thursday, the CM, accompanied by state chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, DGP Manipur LM Khaute and Deputy Commissioner Th Kirankumar of Senapati district, conducted an aerial survey to take stock of the situation.

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Arial view of the Dzukou Valley

The Manipur government had also requested the National Disaster Response Force to provide assistance in containing the situation and had also requisitioned the Army and the Assam Rifles to assist firefighters in extinguishing the wildfire.

The fire broke out in the Dzukou Range in Nagaland on Tuesday and crossed over to the Manipur side on Thursday morning, the people familiar with the development said. Dzukou is a valley located at the borders of Nagaland and Manipur and is a popular trekking destination.

Firefighters, forest department personnel and volunteers from Mao area have reached the area and are trying to douse the blaze, said officials.

Meanwhile, in Nagaland, personnel of the Forest department, Fire, police and volunteers of SAYO for the fourth day on Friday tried to extinguish the wildfire in the scenic Dzukou range in Nagaland's Kohima district. Nagaland Governor R N Ravi also visited the valley on Wednesday.

During his visit, Ravi had a first-hand assessment of the intensity of the devastating fire in the trekking route to the valley and extent of the destruction. Absence of a functional Standard Operating Protocol to effectively respond to such a disaster has aggravated the situation.

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