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    BREAKING: Dzukou wildfire doused, Damage assessment soon

    Forest officials and volunteers would remain stationed at the base camp to keep a watch on the situation for the next few days

    GUWAHATI: The Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers engaged in the firefighting operations of Dzukou valley where a wildfire broke out on December 29 would be de- inducted on Tuesday from the fire fighting mission on completion of the assigned mission.

    Officials said on Monday that the two-week-long wildfire in Dzukou Valley on Nagaland-Manipur borders has been doused and no fresh fire or smoke was visible now.

    Kohima district deputy commissioner Mohammed Ali Shihad said that the Nagaland state disaster management authority (NSDMA) would assess the damage caused to the forest, environment and other flora and fauna in Dzukou valley.

    An official statement said that the authorities have decided that the de-induction of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams deployed at the base camp would be carried out on Tuesday.

    It added, “It was also decided that officials and personnel of forest and other concerned departments and the volunteers of Southern Angami Youth Organisation (SAYO) would be stationed at the base camp to keep a watch on the situation for the next few days.”

    Already the IAF has airlifted the firefighting equipment of NDRF and SDRF stationed at the valley base camp to the Jakhama military helipad.

    The wildfire broke out in the Dzukou valley under Kohima district in southern Nagaland on December 29 and crossed over to the northern Manipur side, forcing both the state governments to request the NDRF and the army to help contain the wildfire.

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