Nagaland: Review meeting held to assess Dzokou valley fire



A review meeting was held in Kohima on Monday to assess the activities undertaken at Dzokou valley.

Deputy Commissioner (DC) and Chairman of the District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Kohima, Mohammed Ali Shihab, chaired the meeting alongside the SP Kohima, Manoj Kumar, Kohima ADC Lithrongla Tongpi Rutsa, Kohima DFO Raj Kumar and others.

While reviewing on the ongoing activities at Dzokou, Shihab informed that the situation in the valley is more or less under control, and would take some more time before the fire can be completely doused.

“They carried out the activities of fire line cutting in full swing while four India Air Force (IAF) helicopters, two helicopters from Rangapahar Military Station and two from Dimapur Civil Airfield were on Bambi Bucket operations to contain the inferno,” Shihab said.

“The Air Force helicopter which has carried out innumerable sorties to douse the fire will continue to operate to bring everything under control,” he said and expressed his hope that the coordinated effort between the central and state teams could control the fire.

The meeting also highlighted the coordinated efforts of the India Air Force, Nagaland State Govt, DC Kohima, Indian Army, Dimapur Civil Airfield, Indian Oil Corporation and Assam Rifles in controlling the fire.

During Monday’s operation, 78 personnel from Kohima Police, 4th NAP, Forest Department and NDRF were involved in the exercise to bring the wildfire under control and will continue with the operation on Tuesday.

(Edited by Shankar Turha)