Dimapur, January 4: the fire that has ravaged over 10 kilometers of Dzukou valley since it broke out on December 29 last is more or less under control as on Monday.
As per the Indian Air Force (IAF) assessment, the fire is well within control and may be able to achieve 100% by Tuesday, said DC Kohima, Mohammed Ali Shihab A, IAS while reviewing the measures taken to contain the Dzükou valley fire on Monday.
The DC, who is also the chairman of Kohima District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), also expressed optimism that within a day or two the fire situation will be fully under control.
At a review meeting on the entire activities undertaking at Dzükou valley today in his office chamber, the DC informed that the activities of fire line cutting was carried out in full swing while 4 India Air Force (IAF) helicopters, 2 helicopters from Rangapahar Military Station and 2 from Dimapur Civil Airfield were on ‘Bambi Bucket’ operations to contain the inferno. A total of 14 sorties with 28000 litres of water was dropped on Monday making a total of 56 sorties with 75000 litres of water till date.
He informed that the Air Force will be operating from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday also to contain the spread of fire. The IAF is doing the entire operation in coordination with Nagaland State Government, DC Kohima, Indian Army, Dimapur Civil Airfield, Indian Oil Corporation and Assam Rifles.
The DC also informed that Additional SP Kohima along with SDO Civil Jakama went to Khuzama to assess the spread of fire from Dzükou Valley. NDRF personnel along with police from Manipur were also reportedly seen at the site of the incident coordinating the situation.
In today’s operation, DC informed that a total of 78 personnel were engaged in the operation to contain the fire, which included 17 Kohima police personnel, 10 personnel from 4th NAP, 5 from Forest and 46 NDRF personnel (including those stationed at base camp). The operation team, except NDRF who are staying back at the base camp, has returned back to Kohima. Operation will continue again on Tuesday with the teams departing Viswema Dzukou entry point at 5 am.
After the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner also briefed the entire Dzükou fire status to Commissioner of Nagaland, Rovilatuo Mor IAS.
Today’s meeting was attended by SP Kohima, Manoj Kumar; ADC Kohima, Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa, DFO Kohima, Raj Kumar and others. (Page News Service)