Friday, January 8, 2021
Nagaland’s Dzukou Valley’s wildfire, which is ablaze for more than 10 days, will be fully doused within the next 24 hours, stated Nagaland Government on Thursday.
“The wildfire has been doused in most areas but gusty winds have taken the blaze to newer areas. We expect to fully control the blaze in the next 24 hours. The combined forces would study the exact ground situation on Friday and accordingly operations and the necessary steps would be taken”, said Johnny Ruangmei, OSD of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority.
The fire, ablaze since December 29, has at least been brought under control on Thursday by joint efforts of the Indian Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), paramilitary forces, state authorities, the mass number of volunteers, and the surrounding locals. Four Mi-17V5 helicopters sprayed water in the area using Bambi buckets on Thursday to check the fire, a source from IAF said. The IAF started its operations last Friday i.e. January 1 and has been working tirelessly since.
State authorities are yet to estimate the amount of damage imparted by this disaster. Dzukou Valley is widely considered among the ten most beautiful places of the Northeast’s elevated terrain. Habitat to a wide variety of flora and fauna, the valley is a popular tourist destination for its seasonal flowers and scenic beauty. At an altitude of 2,452 meters above sea level, it houses, also a famous trekking and hiking trail.
In other news, a mysterious death happened near the site which caught fire. An NRDF assistant sub-inspector, who was deployed to deal with the fire was found dead in his tent in North Manipur Senapati District which shares its border with Nagaland. No official statement has been made regarding this death but numerous theories have come forward regarding this matter.
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