PM Modi talks to CM Zoramthanga, extends all possible support to Mizoram to deal with forest fires | India News
NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with Mizoram Prime Minister Zoramthanga on Monday, assessing the situation that arose due to wildfires in various parts of the state.
The Prime Minister assured the Mizoram CM of all possible support from the Center and prayed for the safety and well being of the people of the state.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Modi said: “I spoke to Mizoram CM Zoramthanga and took stock of the situation that arose due to forest fires in some parts of the state. He secured all possible support from the Center to overcome this crisis. We all pray for the safety and well-being of the people of Mizoram. ”
For more than 32 hours, a forest fire has been ravaging the southern hills of Mizoram, spreading to towns and villages in two neighboring districts, Lunglei and Lawngtlai.
Firefighters of the state government, with the help of Assam Rifles and Border Security Force (BSF) personnel and local volunteer groups have been trying to put out the fire, authorities said.
On Sunday night, as the fire continued to burn, the Indian Air Force (IAF) – requisitioned by the Mizoram government – deployed two Mi-17V5 helicopters, equipped with Bambi Cubes, to control it.
“At the request of the Mizoram state government, @ IAF_MCC is deploying two Mi-17V5 helicopters, equipped with Bambi Bucket, to put out the large fire in the Lunglei district and adjacent areas”, PRO Shillong,
Minister of Defense had tweeted on April 25.
According to state government officials, the fire would have started at 7 a.m. Saturday in the forested hills near the town of Lunglei. By Sunday, it had not only affected 10 village council areas within Lunglei town, but had also spread to three rural development blocks in Lawngtlai district.