A huge wildfire engulfed the northeast India’s Dzukou Valley in the southern part on Tuesday, which is located on the border of Manipur and Nagaland, 30km from Kohima. According to officials the fire caused severe damage to the environment. The Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh described the Dzukou Valley as unfortunate as one of the most beautiful places known for it’s bio diversity and a popular trekking destination.
“Very unfortunate that a wildfire has started in the Dzukou Valley, one of the most beautiful places in Manipur. It probably started two-three days ago from the Nagaland side and crossed over to our side.” Said Chief Minister N Biren Singh.
“The grasses are dry. More manpower is sent with equipment.” Added the Chief Minister.
Based on the requisition by the Nagaland Government, headquarters of the Eastern Air Command of the Indian Air Force has launched a Mi-17V5 helicopter equipped with bambi bucket for fire fighting in Dzukou Valley near Kohima pic.twitter.com/EqtKoxeWew
— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2020
Nagaland Governor RN Ravi rushed to Dzukou Valley on Wednesday as the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority confirmed the incident which first came to light when locals in the area circulated videos. The Indian Air Force(IAF) has sent an Mi-17V5 helicopter to tame the fire. The Shillong-headquartered Eastern Air Command spokesperson said the helicopter was launched on the basis of a requisition by the Nagaland government.
“The quantum of damage from the incident is not yet ascertained. The blaze in the valley was so huge that it was visible from Kohima. Due to the strong winds, the fire is expected to move further towards the main valley.” Said an NSDMA official.
The Dzukou Valley has disputed land between Nagaland and Manipur and has been prone to wildfires in the past. The last major wildfire reported was in 2006 when a 20-km stretch of the southern part of Dzukou was affected.