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Major fire in coal mine deposit areas in Tuensang

People dig mud trying to locate the origin of the inferno on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent TUENSANG, MAY 3 (NPN):
Published on 4 May. 2009 12:30 AM IST
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A major underground fire which had been raging on in coal mine deposit areas at Nokpa in Tuensang for more than two months was finally brought under control on Saturday after almost a week’s effort. Sources said the coal mine deposits caught fire when the villagers were burning slashed jungles for the purpose of jhum cultivation on February 25 this year. The villagers noticed the inferno only after two months when they were going to field and could see only the smoke billowing up. On receiving the information, the entire Tuensang villagers and the district administration rushed to the spot on April 27 to douse off the inferno burning from beneath the ground. After six days of effort, the major fire was finally was brought under control on Saturday with the public and the district administration digging the mud for about 20-30 feet deep, as the fire was burning from underground. The public were also trying to douse off the remaining fire. Nokpa is located some 20 kms away from Tuensang village and it takes almost three hours to reach the village by foot as there is no motorable road.

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