Major forest fire engulfs Lunglei in Mizoram, govt seeks IAF’s help

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Mizoram government has sought help from the Indian Air Force (IAF) as well as the locals to control the major forest fire at Lunglei district and adjoining areas.

Officials in Aizawl said that chief minister Zoramthanga has asked chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo to talk to the IAF authority to urgently deploy helicopters to douse the forest fire which has been rapidly spreading in the adjoining localities and small towns of Lunglei and the adjacent district in southern Mizoram.

Lunglei deputy commissioner Kulothungan A said that the blaze was mostly under control by the state’s fire fighters and disaster management personnel accompanied by the locals, but the wind is further increasing the fire spread to newer areas.

“There is no casualty in the fire so far. We are unable to assess the gravity and volume of the damages due to the fire right now as we are busy in dousing the inferno,” the official was quoted as saying by a news report.

Defence PRO Lt Col P Khongsai said that on the requisition of the Mizoram government, IAF is deploying two Mi-17V5 helicopters, equipped with Bambi Bucket, to douse the fire.

 

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