Mizoram gears up for wild fire prevention

AIZAWL, Jan 31: Dry season in Mizoram means a worrisome for the Mizos. Every year wild fire destroys not only the rich forest resources but endangers lives in the villages located in the infringes of the forests.

The government of Mizoram has been taking measures to prevent wild fire in the state.

On Tuesday, Mizoram chief minister Lal Thanhawla who is also the chairman of the Mizoram State Level Fire Prevention Committee convened a meeting.

Wild fire is one of the most disastrous calamities in Mizoram and as a move to check such disaster the state government has taken up measures, said Lal Thanhawla.

In this connection, the State Level Fire Prevention Committee of the Mizoram government has asked the people for their cooperation.

Lal Thanhawla said the people across the state have knowledge on fire prevention which result in the decrease of wild fire. “But as compared to the size of Mizoram, outbreak of jungle fire is very high. We should be more careful and remain alert to prevent fire this year as Mizoram is currently experiencing a dry season for long time”, said Lal Thanhawla today.

As per the committee resolution, all jhum farmers in Mizoram have been asked to burn their patches before March 15. The Deputy Commissioners of Kolasib, Mamit and Aizawl districts will be informed later about this matter. According to data available, wild fire had broke at 58 places from December 2010 to May 2011 destroying 1259.95 hectares of land. The state will also observe Fire Prevention Week from 3rd February.

~ Newmai News Network
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