An Indian Air Force officer receives the certificate of appreciation in Kohima on Saturday.

The Nagaland government on Friday hailed various agencies that rendered their services in dousing the wildfire at Dzükou Valley in Kohima district.

A programme, organized by the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) and District Disaster Management Authority Kohima, was held in Kohima to felicitate the firefighters and other officials.

The wildfire, which broke out in the picaresque valley on December 29 last year, was doused on January 11.

Advisers Neikiesalie Nicky Kire and Medo Yhokha and Home Commissioner and CEO, NSDMA, Abhijit Sinha gave away the certificates of appreciation to the various agencies for providing crucial logistic support in the fire-fighting efforts in the valley.

The awardees included the Indian Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, 1st Assam Rifles, 164 Territorial Army, District Executive Force Kohima and Home Guards and Civil Defence.

It further felicitated State Disaster Response Force, 4th Nagaland Armed Police, Police Wireless, Southern Angami Public Organisation, Southern Angami Youth Organisation, forest department, medical department and PWD (Roads and Bridges).

Kire expressed his appreciation to all the organisations and departments who had taken part in containing the forest fire and urged them to continue with the good work in the days to come.

Yhokha also thanked all the agencies for their efforts towards dousing the fire.

He assured that the community with its endeavour and commitment will continue to preserve the area in future.

Sinha congratulated and thanked all the organisations and agencies for their services rendered towards the fire-fighting efforts in Dzükou Valley.

He appreciated the way the disaster was handled successfully by various agencies and urged them to utilise the experiences gained in the future.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com