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Dzukou Valley Forest Fire Spreads To Manipur, Amit Shah Secures All Help

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Union Interior Minister Amit Shah called Manipur’s Chief Minister N Biren Sigh and assured him of the Center’s full assistance to contain the forest fire that broke out in the Dzukou mountain range in neighboring Nagaland on Tuesday and has been extended to the Senapati district of the state.

Sharing the latest development, CM Biren Singh tweeted on Friday: “I just received a call from the Honorable Union Minister of the Interior Shri @AmitShah Ji to assess and discuss the situation regarding the forest fire in the Dzukou Valley.”

“Amit Shah Ji has secured all necessary assistance from the Interior Ministry to contain the situation as soon as possible,” added CM Biren.

On Thursday, the CM, accompanied by the Chief Secretary of State Dr. Rajesh Kumar, DGP Manipur LM Khaute and Deputy Commissioner Th Kirankumar of the Senapati District, conducted an aerial survey to assess the situation.

The Manipur government had also requested the National Disaster Response Force to provide assistance to contain the situation and had also requisitioned the Army and Assam rifles to help firefighters extinguish the forest fire.

The fire broke out in the Dzukou Mountain Range in Nagaland on Tuesday and crossed over to the Manipur side on Thursday morning, people familiar with the development said. Dzukou is a valley located on the borders of Nagaland and Manipur and is a popular destination for hiking.

Firefighters, forest department staff and volunteers from the Mao area have arrived in the area and are trying to put out the fire, authorities said.

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