The Indian Air Force will be soon deploying choppers to control the raging fire at Manipur’s famous Shurui peak, an IAF spokesperson said on Sunday.
“We have received a requisition request. We will be deploying our assets soon,” an IAF spokesperson said.
These pictures have been provided by Ukhrul district officials.
“Very unfortunate to see the fire spreading at Shirui Peak, Ukhrul District, Manipur. Spoken to Addl. Secretary, @HMOIndia GoI, to extend all possible help from @NDRFHQ to douse the fire. An official letter has also been sent from the CS, GoM. Why are we so selfish & destructive?” Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh tweeted on Sunday.
Ukhrul Deputy Commissioner Joseph Pauline Kamson said the fire started two-three days back and is raging “beyond our control” due to strong winds and dried grass on the peak. He also said that they have requested two choppers to help control the fire.
“The fire has damaged the whole peak where our state flower grows,” Kamson said. Manipur’s state flower the Shirui Lily grows in the upper reaches of the Shirui Hills. Forest staff, Manipur Police, Assam Rifles and Manipur Rifles personnel are trying to control the fire, Kamson said.