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Rainfall helps in controlling U’khand forest fire

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

Light and heavy rainfall in many parts of Uttarakhand on Tuesday provided some solace to the state forest department- which is fighting one of the most devastating forest fires in the history of the hill state.

Light rainfall was registered in Ruderprayag, Dehradun, Tehri and heavy downpour in Almora and other places to defuse ragging forest fire.

Despite making all possible efforts and big claims, the Uttarakhand forest department had failed to combat the forest fire. Alike other years this time too the department was looking at sky to show mercy on them. Rainfall provided a huge breather to the struggling forest department.

Uttarakhand forest department’s nodal officer for forest fire, B.P Gupta said, “This year we have registered 1946 forest fire incidents in Uttarakhand so far, which has affected a total area of 4189.286 hecters.”

The department primary assessment indicates a loss of over Rs 81 Lakh in the forest fire this season. Pauri, the home district of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat, was the worst affected of all. With 675 forest fire incidents Pauri was the most affected district in Uttarakhand, followed by Uttarkashi (249) and Almora (220).