A massive forest fire broke out in Mizoram on the evening of April 24. According to reports, vast acres of land have been damaged and the fire is now spreading into residential areas.
No death has been reported so far but more reports are yet to come from the affected districts, an official said.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga requested the Indian Air Force for help and the IAF is responding to the Chief Minister’s call by deploying two helicopters to erase the fire in the affected areas.
Numerous wildfires in different parts of Mizoram razed several settlements across the states. No casualties reported as of the moment. Keep us in your prayers!@PMOIndia @HMOIndia
— Zoramthanga (@ZoramthangaCM) April 25, 2021
Lunglei, a town situated in the south–central part of Mizoram state is the worst affected place and the government will soon investigate the cause of the forest fire because it is being doubted that the fire is man-made.
The environment minister of Mizoram rushed to the spot to take stalk of the situation. Three more districts apart from Lunglei namely Serchhip, Lawngtlai and Hnahthial have been affected by the forest fire and firemen have been deployed at several places.
The forest fire also highly affected eight more places near the Serchhips Chanmari Veng locality, Chhiahtlang and North Vanlaiphai. Forest fire incidents have also been reported at Darzo and South Vanlaiphai forest areas in Hnahthial districts, reported by the official.
Assam Rifles and Border Security Force and local volunteers are guiding the team of firemen. Some villages are now in the safe zone and the forest fire has been put under control but several other places are still vulnerable.
According to the Forest Survey of India (FSI), Dehradun, forests of Northeast and Central Indian Regions are the most vulnerable areas to forest fires. Forests in Assam, Mizoram and Tripura have been known as ‘extremely vulnerable” to forest fire.