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Manipur: Efforts to extinguish wildfire in hill ranges of Dzuko Valley continue

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Manipur, efforts to extinguish wildfire in the hill ranges of Dzuko Valley in Senapati District continued for the fourth day today.

Another combined team consisting 59 personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NWDRF), 35 personnel of State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), 32 personnel of Manipur Fire Service and Manipur Police personnel made attempts to prevent spread of fire in the southern side of Mount Iso (Tenipu) range.

Two Indian Air Force Mi-17 V5 helicopters were also deployed to spray water. Later in the evening, it was reported that two more helicopters were pressed into action today.

Meanwhile, Manipur Public Health Engineering Minister Losii Dikho, who is currently camping at Mao to supervise the operation, chaired another round of joint meeting with the representatives of various stakeholders and decided that a base camp would be set up at the eastern side of Mount Iso range.

The firefighter team cleared a stretch of around a half kilometre of forest vegetation in between the third and the second mountain of Mount Iso range and successfully prevented spread of the fire towards the eastern side by using sand and fire extinguisher.

However, the inferno still continued on the southern and western side and approximately more than 200 acres of Mount Iso range had already been reduced to cinders. It may be mentioned that the unfortunate wildfire started on December 29 from Nagaland side.

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