GUWAHATI: Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday assured the Manipur government of all support to control the wildfire that broke out at the picturesque Dzukou valley, a popular trekking destination, located atop 2452-meter along the borders of Manipur and Nagaland, on Tuesday.
Earlier on Thursday, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh after taking an aerial survey of the valley sought the Centre’s help to control the wildfire.
Singh tweeted: “Just received a call from Hon’ble Union Home Minister Shri @AmitShah Ji to assess and discuss the situation about the wildfire at Dzukou valley. Amit Shah Ji has assured all the necessary assistance from the Home Ministry to contain the situation at the earliest.”
The Manipur chief minister feared that if the wind direction going to the southern side, there was a high possibility of entering in the thickest forest called Koziirii in Manipur.
“The fire has spread quite extensively and caused serious damage to this part of the mountain range. The fire service, forest official and volunteers are reaching the site,” he said.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Thursday has also deployed a Mi-17V5 chopper equipped with a Bambi bucket into service as disaster management personnel struggled to control the wildfire at Dzukou valley.
The fire was raging so much that it could be seen from Nagaland capital Kohima, about 30km away. Sources said the main viewpoint which is frequented by tourists has already been scorched in the fire.
Dzukou valley is a popular trekking spot known for its seasonal flowers and bio-diversity. Enthusiasts visit the valley to view the pink and purple flowering on the hills that also houses endangered tragopans and other species.