Dzukou Valley operation : NDRF official engaged in Dzukou Valley operation dies : Fresh fire erupts in Nagaland side
GUWAHATI: Sad news continued to come from the scenic Dzukou valley as one National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) personnel from Manipur, engaged in the firefighting operations in the valley, was found dead on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, though believed to be contained, incidents of fresh fire continued to erupt in Nagaland’s side of the valley forcing the Indian Air Force (AIF) to continue their Bambi Bucket operation to douse the wildfire.
It has been over a week that the wildfire has been razing the picturesque landscapes of Dzukou valley located atop 2452-meter along the borders of Manipur and Nagaland. The massive wildfire broke out on December 29 last year.
Sharing the news of the demise of the NDRF personnel identified as assistant sub-inspector N Binoy Meetei, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh informed that he was found dead inside one of the base camps set up on the way to Dzukou valley to douse the wildfire.
He tweeted: “Deeply saddened on hearing the news of the demise of Asst Sub-Inspector (ASI) N.Binoy Meetei of @NDRFHQ, currently deployed at Dzukou for the ongoing firefighting operation. His works and sacrifice for the State will ever remain as an inspiration to his fellow citizens. My heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the deceased and pray for peace of the departed soul.”
NDRF officials said that the postmortem report of Meetei was awaited. “Meetei did not wake up for breakfast on Tuesday morning. He was rushed to the Senapati hospital but was declared dead,” said an NDRF official adding that gusty wind and cold weather have been making the operations more difficult.
The demise of the NDRF ASI and incidents of fresh fire have forced the Nagaland government to move the ministry of home affairs seeking additional NDRF teams to join the ongoing fight to control the Dzukou Valley wildfire.
The NDRF has so far deployed seven teams to fight the fire, of which three teams are in Nagaland.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio who made an aerial survey of the wildfire on Tuesday said, “Made an aerial survey of the latest forest fire situation at Dzukou valley today. Seeing the tremendous joint efforts by all concerned to tackle the situation, I am hopeful that the fire will soon be doused.”
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.