Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland reaches out to Chiu village fire-incident victims

A five-member team of the Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland from the IRCSN Headquarters and four IRCS Nagaland members from Noklak district visited Chiu village with relief materials following the tragic fire incident on February 2 in Chiu village, under Lahe Township, Naga Self Administered Zone (NSAZ), Myanmar.


A view of the Chiu Village under Lahe Township after over 70 houses were razed down by a tragic fire incident on February 2 (Photo: IRCSN)


Over 70 houses and multiple vehicles were razed, leaving hundreds of men, women, and children homeless in the Khiamniungan Naga village, also locally called Solo village. The Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland (IRCS Nagaland) was the first to reach the village with aid on February 4.


Dr Neiphi Kire, General Secretary of IRCS Nagaland, told Mokokchung Times that the first time he heard about the incident was from the Noklak district branch of IRCS Nagaland, where he learned about the number of houses that were burned down and how inaccessible it was from Myanmar due to its remote location and a weak administration.


“Upon hearing the news, we immediately had a discussion and decided to send some relief,” he narrated, adding, “We decided to send a team of Red Cross Staff in two vehicles with blankets, utensils, some sanitary kits including soaps and many others.”


A four-person IRCS team from the Noklak district joined the Headquarters team. According to Dr Kire, the team halted in Noklak for one night before travelling to Chiu village.



Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland (IRCSN) handing out relief materials to Chiu villagers who were affected by the tragic fire incident on February 2 (Photo: IRCSN)


“The road to Chiu from Noklak was in terrible condition, and the village had a fuse shortage, with only solar lights. The staff looked around the village and spent the windy night with the villagers,” he narrated.


“The next morning they had a meeting with the village leaders and distributed the relief items with the victims’ families,” he said, adding that the villagers were very happy to receive the aid from them.


“It seems the Red Cross was the first to reach out to them so they were extremely happy,” he added, informing that the team returned back the next day via Noklak.


“I was so happy that we could help our brothers out there in the smallest possible way we could,” Dr Kire said.



Mokokchung Times

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