Four Indian Air Force helicopters have been deployed in Dzukou valley, spread across from Nagaland to neighbouring Manipur, to control the wildfire that started in the region on December 29. The fire since then has charred vegetation unique to the region besides burning down several trekking sites.
Besides IAF, National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) teams have also been called to contain the fire.
“The NDRF has deployed 60 personnel at the wildfire site in Dzukou Valley. Also two helicopters with Bambi buckets have been deployed,” Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted thanking Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh “for the swift response”.
As per the reports, the team effort of IAF, NDRF and local volunteers have been partially able to control the fire. However, fire on the southern side of the Dzukou valley still needs to be dozed off.
The fire, as per the locals, has affected the region largely destroying much of the pristine forest and harming the rich biodiversity of the valley, which is a globally famous trekking site.
The government has recently declared the entire State of Nagaland as a “disturbed area” for six more months under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA). This, as per the government, has been done to maintain public order in the region.