Chelsea Football Club: “Stay strong, Mizoram”

Lunglei is the worst affected and the state government will probe the cause of the forest fire as it is suspected to be man-made, the official said.

Amid the massive Forest Fire that is spreading to towns and villages in Mizoram, damaging vast tracts of land and vegetation endangering human lives, the English professional football club, Chelsea on Sunday offered prayers and support to the people of Mizoram.

The official note from English professional football club said, “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by the unprecedented forest fires in Mizoram.”

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Official source of the state disaster management and rehabilitation department said on Sunday that Chief Minister Zoramthanga sought help from the Indian Airforce. Zoramthanga has requested Indian Air Force for help and the IAF is deploying two helicopters to douse the blaze at Lunglei and surrounding areas, the defence ministry said.

Lunglei is the worst affected and the state government will probe the cause of the forest fire as it is suspected to be man-made, the official said.

Lunglei district deputy commissioner M Misael told PTI that a massive forest fire broke at Saisih forest area in the outskirts of Lunglei town between 6 am and 7 am on Saturday. It spread to Lunglei town on Sunday.

No human casualty has, however, been reported so far but detailed reports are yet to come in from the affected districts, the official said.

It is informed that the forest fire broke out in at least eight forest areas near Serchhips Chanmari Veng locality, Chhiahtlang and North Vanlaiphai. Forest fire incidents have also been reported at Darzo and South Vanlaiphai forest areas in Hnahthial district, officials said.

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