Kohima, December 31 (NEx): Hon’ble Governor Shri R N Ravi, accompanied by Kohima District officials including Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Superintendent of Police (SP) along with office bearers of the Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) and the Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) visited the Dzukou Valley on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 and had the first hand assessment of the intensity of the devastating fire in the valley and extent of destruction being caused by it.
PRO Raj Bhavan, Kohima in a press release informed, unfortunately, absence of a functional Standard Operating Protocol to effectively respond to such a disaster has aggravated the situation.
Governor thanked the volunteers of SAYO and the policemen who, in an extremely adverse ground condition, are battling the raging fire to contain it from further spreading.
Governor also urged the State Government to immediately frame an appropriate SOP including Satellite Based Real Time Early Warning System to prevent recurrence of such a disaster, it informed.
The Wildfire which broke out along a trekking route leading to the scenic Dzükou valley on Tuesday, December 29, 2020, continues to spread and entered into the third day today.
Earlier this morning, based on the requisition by the State Government of Nagaland, the Eastern Air Command, IAF has launched a Mi-17 V5 helicopter, equipped with Bambi Bucket for fire fighting in Dzukou Valley near Kohima,” spokesperson of Eastern Air Command Headquarters at Shillong, Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said in a statement on Thursday morning.
DFO, Kohima, Raj Kumar IFS on Thursday informed about the major operation by Kohima Forest Division and Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) volunteers today. More than 250 members are trying to save Dzukou valley from fire. It is the Third day into the battle, updated Kumar.