India — Green Foundation Nagaland has conveyed its sincere appreciation to all individuals, groups and organizations who have taken immense risk and hardships to contain the forest fire spreading across Mount Japfu under Kohima since January 31. In a press release issued by its secretary, Public Relations, Zachamo Ezung, the Foundation acknowledged that the prompt and unified action initiated by the people of Kigwema, Zakhama, Phesama, Jotsoma, Khonoma and other nearby villages led by SAPO, SAYO, AYO and the Working Committee to protect the forest from the raging fire has sent positive message across the state and country about importance of conservation and the need for collective efforts to tackle such human made disasters. It also appreciated the concerted efforts of various government agencies like the department of forest, state disaster management authority, fire and emergency service, Indian Air Force, district administration, police and defence personnel.
The Japfu forest fire incident has become historic in itself not just for fielding helicopter (captained by Mukesh Kumar Yadav) to douse off fire for the first time, but also in terms of mobilizing individuals, civil organizations and governmental agencies to press into action in such short notice in a coordinated manner, the release stated. Further, it expressed gratitude to the Angami community as a whole for continuously striving to preserve and protect the rich flora and fauna of the district and urged the surrounding villages of Japfu range and Dzukou Valley to take proactive steps to prevent future fire incidents as Dzukou Valley is not just an asset of the state, but also one among the jewels of the world.