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Army, Assam Rifles join hands with IAF to douse Dzukou Valley forest fire

By Deccan herald

Army and Assam Rifles are assisting the Indian Air Force (IAF) and other agencies to douse the forest fire in Dzukou Valley, a picturesque trekking site on Nagaland-Manipur border, which broke out on Tuesday.

Four Mi-17 helicopters of the IAF equipped with Bambi buckets continued their efforts on Sunday and sprayed waters on the hills but the fire could not be doused till evening. The operation will resume on Monday morning.

The fire broke out on Tuesday on the Nagaland side at Dzukou, situated atop 2452-meter and it started spreading towards Manipur. The fire was raging so much that it could be seen from Nagaland capital Kohima, situated about 30km away.

NDRF and IAF choppers were called in on Friday.

Defence spokesperson based in Guwahati, Lt. Col. P. Khongsai said Spear Corps of the army was working hand in hand with various central and state organisations and tackling the problem in a synchronised manner.

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