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Fire, wind havoc in Dmu, Kma, Tsg
Published on 6 Mar. 2010 12:32 AM IST
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A major fire reported from Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar has devastated at least one hectare of zoological park, officials said today. According to a statement issued by park officer-in-charge Obed Bohovi Swu, the miscreants have started setting inside the park with the on set of dry season. The fire was detected towards the north eastern part of the park adjacent to the highway on three occasions – March 2, 3 and 4, the OC said. In first two incidents, the department staff along with NAP personnel, posted in park, successfully managed to extinguish the fire, however, on March 4, the fire which was detected in the afternoon at around 2 p.m. was brought under control only with the help of fire department, the police and the army, it stated. The park official said that due to timely detection and action by department staff on duty the fire was brought under control before it could spread to other parts of the park. According to OC, all the captive wildlife was safe and that department personnel on duty have been put on maximum alert to avert major disasters. Meanwhile, the OC Nagaland Zoological Park has expressed gratitude to officers and personnel of fire department for their prompt action, the police department and 24th AR for their immediate action in providing security during the operation. The department has expressed hope that they would continue to extend assistance in future as well. Also, urging the public to assist the department in protecting the only Zoological Park in the state, the OC has appealed the public to help apprehend the culprits. Houses gutted in K. Wongthu Village Altogether 6 buildings, 14 thatched houses and 13 granaries of K. Wongthu village under Tuensang district were reportedly burned down to ashes on Friday at around 10: 30 a.m about 17 km away from Tuensang headquarter. According to sources, wild fire spread to near by village and engulfed the houses and granaries while the villagers were burning jhum field. Several lakhs of properties were reportedly damaged in the inferno. Sources said that the domestic animals were also charred to death in the fire. There were no reports of any casualties or injures till the time of filling this report. No fire brigade turned up at the site, sources added. Getting the information, the district administration led by the SDO (C) Tuensang, DBs and Police rushed to the spot. SDO (C) Tuensang donated cash towards the affected villagers. (Correspondent) Fire at Puliebadze reserved forest A fire broke out inside Puliebadze Reserved Forest Friday morning sending the personnel of the state forest department on their heel once again. The forest department on detecting the fire that broke out somewhere above the Assam Rifles camp, rushed a team of its personnel to the spot and later doused the fire with the help of the state Home Guards, Fire Brigade and also Assam Rifles. Later, talking to the Nagaland Post, DFO Kohima Temjen said the fire was brought under control but was not extinguished fully for which forest department staff had been asked to clean the surrounding so as not to spread the fire. He also said that the fire was suspected to have been set off by some hunters. (Correspondent) Green houses, flowers destroyed in cyclonic wind in Kohima Green houses and flowers worth several lakhs of rupees were destroyed in the high speed cyclonic wind that struck Kohima since March 2 night that continued till Friday. Most of the Flower growers in and around Kohima were reportedly damaged by the wind which had blown off the cover of the green houses and poly sheets while in some cases, even the high tech metallic structures imported from Israel crumbled. The damage was reported to have taken place mostly on March 3 last in Lower AG colony areas, Science College and Zubza. The damage of the covers and structures of the green houses alone was estimated to be worth more than Rs.20 Lakh. Around 90 percent of the flowers which were just about to be cut (harvest) were damaged leaving the growers upset. When the growers contacted the horticulture department, they were informed that the department does not such funds at its disposal to compensate the growers or farmers for such natural disaster. It may be mentioned that the state horticulture department through central funding introduced commercial cultivation of Lilium, Anthurium and Rose in the state by providing all the required material and expert manpower support to the growers. Moreover, the department also extended marketing facilities to the flower growers by roping in a Bangalore based private firm ‘Zopar’ which deals in flower business. With the active support of the state Horticulture department, flower growing is slowly flourishing in the state thereby not only providing employment to many unemployed but also contributing to the state economy. Today, the flower produced in the state under the brand name Naga Fresh is catching up in the national and international market. Domestic demand for flowers is also ever growing. The state government has also adopted a policy to compulsorily keep arranged flowers in the office chambers of all government officials from the level of secretary and above which perhaps was the first of its kind in the country. (Correspondent)

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