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Indian Air force (IAF) Mi-17V5 helicopter landed on Monday to douse the raging forest fires for over 40 hours, in the southern part of Mizoram, spreading to towns and villages of two neighbouring districts, Lunglei and Lawngtlai.
A source said that the IAF helicopter will refill the Bambi bucket from Tuipui D to douse the forest fire.
Current Situation: The Mizoram Wildfire is under control near the residential Areas. However, still increasing in the valley below Chandmari.
Mizoram Wildfire: A statement issued by the Assam Rifles on Monday said: “A major fire broke out on 24 Apr 2021 in Gen A College Veng, started spreading further towards Serkawn and Zotlang Area of Lunglei. Two parties under Assistant Commandant Narayan Sangroula along with the entire fire fighting equipment and a medical team under RMO Capt VK Dabas along with the ambulance were sent to provide assistance to locals and help them in this fire fight.”
The fire further extended to Lunglei main town towards residential area of Zotlang on Sunday morning. “Thereafter, one more party was sent to the affected area near BSF. It reached in the main town of Lunglei. Thereafter the fire was controlled by the Fire Fighters, Assam Rifles troops and locals. In the afternoon, the fire extended towards the Chanmari area and Valley below ( Forest Area),” the statement added.
The areas most afftected by the fast spreading fire are Bazar Veng, Serkawn, Zotlang, Chanmari and Ramthar.
Over 2,000 security personnel have been deployed to assist in the firefighting operations.
Police said that forest fires also broke out in surrounding areas of more than villages in Mizoram’s southernmost Lawngtlai district, bordering Myanmar.
Forest minister TJ Lalnuntluanga, MLA Dr Tanpuia and MLA Lalrinsanga are on their way to assess the situation.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh speaks on the wildfire incident and believes that the situation will be brought under control soon.
18 houses burnt to ashes in Bungtlang South, Lawngtlai district, as the first reports of loss and casualties trickle in. The people said there was nothing they could do against the raging fires but move away to a distance to save themselves.
The District Disaster Management machinery of the Lunglei has been activated and on full alert since the start of the fire yesterday. The following Incident Commanders are on duty in their respective areas:
|S No||Name of Magistrate||Area to be Covered||Phone Number|
|1||James Miahlung||Bazar Veng, Electric Veng, Chanmari, Salem, College Veng,||9856294258|
|2||Carolyn LB Khiangte||Pukpui, Serkawn, Zotlang, Zohnuai||8414917324|
|3||C. Lalduhzuali||Farm Veng, Ramthar, Lunglawn, Luangmual, Sethlun||8413058436|
|4||Lalsanglura||Lungsen RD Block||7085979191|
|5||Margaret J Vanlalremmmawii||Theiriat, Hrangchalkawn, Lungpuizawl, Zobawk N&S||8131932592|
|6||Denny Lalchhuanawma||Bunghmun RD Block||6009534850|
|7||Collin Hlychho||Venglai, Rahsiveng, Venghlun, Sazaikawn, Hauruang||7005751607|
Hundreds of volunteers stepped up in different locations across Lunglei town to suppress the fire.
The fire is reported to have started at around 7 am on April 24.
A massive wildfire engulfed and spread out to the outskirts of Lunglei town in Mizoram that is reported to have started at around 7 am on April 24. Lunglei is the capital town of Lunglei District in the southern part of Mizoram.
The fire is mainly concentrated in uninhabited forest areas surrounding the town and has spread to more than 10 village council areas within the town. In some localities such as Zotlang, Serkawn, Chanmari, the fire reached some buildings but could be contained and doused before it caused any major loss to property. No loss of life has yet been reported due to the wildfire.
Lunglei authorities, firefighters and volunteers have been fighting to put the fire out, some even suffering serious burn injuries. Though hundreds of volunteers have stepped up in different locations across Lunglei town, the raging fire has not been contained even after a non-stop effort of more than 32 hours.
Apart from local volunteers, the Assam Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF) have also stepped out with their men and equipment, and are actively participating in the firefighting efforts.
The Fire & Emergency Services Department in Lunglei District has only 13 staff and 2 fire tender vehicles at their disposal. The State Government has detailed 2 more fire tender vehicles and 7 additional men to assist the team at Lunglei.
On the requisition of the State Government of Mizoram, the Indian Air Force is deploying two Mi-17V5 helicopters, equipped with Bambi Bucket, to douse the major fire in Lunglei district and adjoining areas.
Dry vegetation due to drought conditions, coupled with strong winds, has made the mission extremely challenging. And the unfriendly terrain of the area also poses a very serious risk and hindrance for the firefighters. Private water tankers have also voluntarily deployed their vehicles for firefighting.
In the wake of the present crisis in Lunglei, the Deputy Commissioner & Chairman, District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) Shri Kulothungan A convened an emergency meeting with key stakeholders at his office chamber this afternoon. Detailed plan of action was charted out, with the Committee deciding on seeking the help of the Indian Air Force in containing the fire. State Government authorities have been contacted in this regard. Several Ministers from Aizawl are expected to visit Lunglei to take stock of the crisis.
According to Lunglei Additional DC Pu M Misael, the concerned authorities are presently investigating who or what caused the fire. There are certain reasons to believe that the fire is manmade, and a meeting will be convened with affected Village Councils and Young Mizo Association (YMA) leaders of the areas to ascertain the exact cause, he added.