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Khonoma Dzükou fire
Published on 6 Jan. 2010 1:03 AM IST
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Khonoma Dzükou was partially razed by fire started through “sheer accident” by a group of around 20 Church youths, who had gone to Dzükou for prayer and retreat on January 4. According to a delayed report received here from the Khonoma Youth Organisation (KYO) president Megovisa Sophi, the Catholic Youth Association Sechü-Zubza has owned responsibility for sparking the Khonoma Dzükou on fire . The CYA had reportedly admitted that the fire started by “sheer accident”. KYO disclosed that the CYA campers were forced to escape after failing to control the raging flames. KYO volunteers had to rush to the spot to monitor the fire which could reached only on foot as there was no road. It took three hours for the youths to reach the spot from Khonoma village. The KYO volunteers managed to bring the fire under control with great difficulty, and prevented it from spreading .. KYO stated that officials from the department of forest, wildlife ecology and environment reached the spot on Tuesday and undertook technical survey and assessment. KYO has expressed gratitude to the department for assisting Khonoma villagers in controlling the situation. The KYO disclosed that there was no report of any casualty so far as even as further survey, investigation and assessment were on. Meanwhile, the Catholic Union Sechü-Zubza has tendered its “unconditional apology” to Khonoma village in particular and government of Nagaland, Kohima district administration, Angami Public Organization (APO), Western Angami Public Organisation (WAPO), the GB and DB Association and all for the incident. Recalling the incident, the Catholic Union Sechü-Zubza president Avilie Zhünyü and adviser Khunyü Rino, disclosed that the fire started when the CYA Senior Youth were constructing camp sheds. The CU said the fire started when a few junior boys were burning some plastic, paper plates and cups. The dry jungle caught fire and caused the huge inferno, it said. The CU offered its “unconditional apology with utter remorse and regret for the unfortunate incident which had caused great sorrow and inconveniences to everyone concern.”

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