Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to conduct aerial survey of Dzükou valley fire

Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to conduct aerial survey of Dzükou valley fire

Kohima, January 04 (NEx): The Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio will conduct aerial survey of Dzükou valley fire situation on Tuesday, January 05, 2021.

The Wildfire, which broke-out in Dzükou valley on December 29, 2020 is more or less under control in Nagaland side, informed Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

Updating on the Dzukou Valley Forest Fire Situation as on January 4th, 2021, the OSD to government of Nagaland, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home department, Johnny Ruangmei said that the fire in the Dzukou Valley are relatively controlled as on January 4th, 2021.

In a brief report, Ruangmei said that the NSDMA requisitioned IAF helicopter on December 29th, 2020 and the requisition letter for IAF, Chopper was sent to the concerned by the Principal Secretary, Home on December 30th, 2020. The deployment of IAF, helicopter began on December 31st, 2020. However, due to the prevalence of strong wind in the mountains, IAF, Chopper could not carry out the operation, apart from conducting the aerial survey to assess the affected area.

Meanwhile, the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Kohima requisitioned personnel of Kohima District Executive Force (DEF), State Disaster Relief Force (SDRF) Kohima Unit, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Police, and together with DFO Kohima and forest personnel along with volunteers provided by local Civil Societies such as Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) executed a traditional fire control line on December 31st 2020 /January 1st, 2021 stretching over 5 (five) kilometres to protect the more fragile part of Dzukou Valley.

Additional man-power of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) personnel were airlifted from Guwahati by IAF aircraft to Dimapur on January 1st, 2021 at 7.45 PM. MoD, GoI later on deployed additional IAF helicopters based on the requirement and requisition by the Government of Nagaland on December 31st, 2020. Additional manpower of NDRF personnel 7 (seven) teams were deployed and they reached the State of Nagaland on January 2nd, 2021.

In addition to waterbody close to Dimapur airport, another water body closer to Dzükou Valley has also been identified on January 3rd, 2021 at Chida Lake Khezakenoma with support from the DDMA-Kohima and DDMA Phek and the IAF helicopters have started to fetch the water from Chida Lake on January 04, 2021, reports the NSDMA.

Current situation as on January 4th, 2021:

Personnel of SDRF/Home Guard and Civil Defence, NDRF Personnel, Police and Para-military supported by DDMA, Kohima and DFO, and volunteers from SAYO have been working to further make the traditional fire control line to protect the fragile portion of the valley.

Meanwhile, operations by 4 (four) IAF Choppers are underway. Also, NDRF personnel SAYO volunteers are camping in the Valley to keep watch.

The Dzukou Valley fire operations may be demobilised depending on the final assessment of the fire situation to be carried out by IAF team along with NSDMA official, said the report.