GUWAHATI: The wildfire of Dzukou valley along the borders of Nagaland and Manipur continued to raze the scenic landscape for more than a week as the firefighters struggling to control the situation. Over 3.3 Ton of firefighting equipment and National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personal were airlifted to Dzukou Valley from Zakhama village of Kohima in Nagaland on Wednesday.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) choppers conducting their Bambi Bucket operation too. The wildfire continued for at least nine days now. IAF sources said that with gusty winds and turbulence because of terrain, controllability of the choppers with 3,500 litres of water in a specialised bucket dangling from a 23-ft cable and pinpointing target has been affected too.
On Tuesday, one NDRF personnel identified as assistant sub-inspector N Binoy Meetei from Manipur who was engaged in the firefighting operations in the valley died too. As per the NDRF, the forest fire has been ‘continuously increasing its magnitude’ and spreading towards the hills of neighbouring Manipur.
The fire broke out in the picturesque Dzukou valley, a popular tourist destination, on December 29.