Dzükou valley

    The recent Dzükou forest fire has shown how crucial it is to protect this fragile ecosystem  Morung Express News Dimapur/Kohima | January 29  The recent Dzükou valley forest fire which raged for almost two weeks offers an opportunity for all stakeholders to reflect, strengthen response and preventive measures, and recognize the crucial need to preserve one of the most pristine ecosystems in the region.   Tucked away at an altitude of 2438.4 metres abo
  • Fighting the forest fires
    Atono Tsükrü Kense  Kohima | January 29 To be a fire-fighter is a challenging job which entails bravery, strength, commitment, presence of mind among other skills as they have to be ready for when the unexpected occurs. Fire-fighters from Nagaland have done a commendable job in dousing off the fire at Dzükou valley. “Dzükou fire is not the first time. It is never an easy task to fight such fire of massive extent” said Thejangulie Zao, Distric
  • Habitat loss a growing concern
    Vibi Yhokha Sophie Kohima | January 29 The Dzükou valley is home to several rare species of flora and fauna such as the Dzükou Lily, Rhododendron macabeanum, Rhododendron elliottii etc.  The presence of the elusive Marbled Cat and Asiatic Golden cat (both endangered vulnerable species) has also been recorded in the forests surrounding the Dzükou valley, (August 2019 research, Journal of Threatened Taxa). Scientists of the Botanical Survey of India have rec
  • Coordinated actions required
    Morung Express News Kohima | January  29 While there are no concrete solutions to prevent forest fires, the 2020-21 Dzükou fire which blazed for one of the longest durations in recent memory, calls for coordinated and proactive action in combating any forest fire in the future. Neisato Neihu, from Kigwema village expressed that there are lessons and actions one must learn from this experience. “Prevention will be key, we need to reinstitute the structured regi
  • Need for responsible tourism
    Ketholeno Neihu Kohima | January 29 With the Dzükou valley becoming a popular attraction and a preferred trekking site, the footfall of visitors and tourists over the years has seen a dramatic increase. Odds-on, the aftermath of the massive fire will possibly have an immediate impact on tourism in the following months. One of the foremost reasons includes the black charred look which may not be the expected sight in the next two- three months, locals here said. The valley w
  • Dzükou: Manipur govt yet to withdraw activities
    Morung Express news  Kohima | January 28  The Manipur Government is yet to withdraw machineries and personnel deployed around Dzükou Valley even after the Tenyimi Peoples’ Organisation (TPO) and Board of Arbitrators (BOA) had written to its Chief Minister two weeks ago.  After a site inspection and drone survey was carried out on January 27 and 28, TPO officials said “the Manipur government is not very prompt on the appeal nor has given any respon
  • NSDMA honours Dzükou warriors
    ADC Kohima gives detailed report on Dzükou fire Kohima, January 15 (MExN): Days after the Dzükou Valley fire was brought under control, various agencies involved in the weeks-long fire fighting operation in the valley area were felicitated on January 15. Organized by the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and District Disaster Management Authority Kohima (DDMA), the felicitation programme held in DPDB’s Conference Hall Kohima recognized the effor
  • Ground operation team to remain at Dzükou base camp
    No fresh fire or smoke visible for 2nd day Morung Express News Kohima | January 9 No fresh fires or smoke from the Dzükou valley area were detected from the base camp, Kohima Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rajkumar M said on Saturday. The ground operation team will remain stationed at the base camp and an aerial survey will be conducted on Sunday morning, the DFO added. According to reports from the state DIPR, low intensity smoke which was seen during an aerial recc
  • No active fire detected in Dzükou on January 8
    Morung Express News Kohima | January 8 In what may come as a sigh of relief for both authorities and citizens alike, it was informed that there were no reports of active fire in the Dzükou Valley area on January 8. Rajkumar M, Kohima Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) informed The Morung Express that ‘the situation is under control’ at the scenic valley. “From yesterday afternoon, no fresh fires could be seen,” the DFO said, while adding that smoke w
  • ‘A tough battle we hope to win’
    Volunteers at Dzükou share experience Morung Express News Kohima | January 7 The pristine Dzükou valley has often relied heavily on volunteers/civilians to save her from the fire, wild or man-made. Firefighting in the valley has been a shared responsibility of the community in the Southern Angami region, the Police, Administration, the SDRF and others. As operations continue to fight the fire raging in the valley, a few of them shared their narrative with The Morung
  • As Dzükou fire spreads to main valley, authorities ramp up efforts
    Kohima, January 6 (MExN): On the ninth day after it was first reported, the fire at Dzükou is said to be spreading towards the north side of the main valley, according to Kohima Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Ali Shihab A.  Addressing a review meeting on the ongoing Dzükou Fire Operation on Wednesday, the DC stated that the spread of fire was reported by Indian Air Force (IAF) pilots who are also part of the fire fighting operations, a DIPR report stated. The report
  • Dzükou fire: Nagaland CM conducts aerial survey
    Kohima, January 5 (MExN): Nagaland Chief Minister (CM) Neiphiu Rio undertook an aerial survey of Dzükou Valley on January 5 to get an assessment of the damages caused by the forest fires as well as the operations being carried out to contain and douse the fire. A statement issued by the press and media cell of the Chief Minister’s Office informed that the CM surveyed the patches in the valley which had got burned due to the forest fires and portions where the forest fires
  • Fresh fire in multiple locations as Dzükou continues to burn
    Morung Express News Dimapur | January 5 Fresh fire continued to erupt in the Dzükou Valley area on the eighth day after the incident was first reported on December 29. According to a report from the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), fire in the Dzükou Valley was seen in multiple locations as on January 5. The NSDMA along with National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) representatives made an aerial survey of the incident site on Tuesday, and observe
  • Fight to contain Dzükou fire rages on
    Kohima, January 4 (MExN): As efforts to control the fire that broke out near Dzükou valley continue, Kohima district officials have expressed optimism that the situation will be fully under control within a day or two. Presenting the IAF’s assessment on the situation during a review meeting on Monday, Kohima Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Ali Shihab A informed that the Air Force will be operating from sunrise to sunset on Tuesday, to contain the spread of fire. According
  • Dzükou Valley inferno is ‘man made’, alleges NPF
    Urges Central Government to involve CBI or NIA to probe cause of inferno  Kohima, January 4 (MExN): The Naga People’s Front (NPF) has expressed its anguish over the ravaging wild fire at Dzükou Valley, which has been spreading since December 29, 2020. The NPF in a press release issued through its Press Bureau alleged that “the Dzükou Valley inferno cannot be considered as natural disaster but is a man made fire that is causing a great harm not only to t
  • Dzükou fire spreading south-west
    Fire in valley site under control Morung Express News Kohima | January 3 The Southern Angami Youth Organisation SAYO today informed that about 9 to 10 sq km has been damaged in the fire which broke out in Dzükou valley on December 29. Early morning, fire watchers informed Range Forest Officer that fire was descending down to south -west side. The information was immediately relayed to the control room to brief forces to start cutting fire line on that side to prevent fur
  • IAF copter deployed to battle Dzükou valley wildfire
    Kohima/Imphal, December 31 (IANS): The Indian Air Force (IAF) and state authorities are battling the raging wildfire in the famed Dzukou Valley on the border of Manipur and Nagaland, that has so far caused huge damage to the environment. IAF spokesman Wing Commander Ratnakar Singh said that following a requisition by Nagaland, the Headquarters of the Eastern Air Command in Shillong has deployed a Mi-17V5 helicopter to check the wildfire. "The helicopter is equipped with Bamb
  • Nagaland: Dzükou valley fire under control, say officials
    Kohima, December 31 (PTI): The blaze that erupted in the scenic Dzükou valley in Kohima district is under control and subsiding naturally, officials said on Wednesday. Indian Air Force choppers, however, would be used on Thursday to completely douse the fire, they said. The Dzükou valley, a tourists' favourite in Nagaland, had caught fire on Tuesday afternoon. OSD of Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, Johnny Raungmei, said personnel from the SDRF, poli