Devastating pictures from Uttarakhand forest fires over last four days⁠— forests burn as North India becomes the world’s warmest region

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  • At least 2 people have reportedly lost their lives due to wildfires in Uttarakhand, whereas one person was injured.
  • The wildfires have affected 71 hectares of forest land, risking the lives of hundreds of species living there.
  • According to the government, this may not be the worst year for wildfires as intermittent rains and high moisture levels have helped in preventing such instances.

As many as 46 forest fires have been wreaking havoc in Uttarakhand for over four days — incurring a loss of ₹1.32 lakhs.

The rising temperature and hot spells have pumped super hot winds all over North India — making it the warmest region around the world on May 26 along with south-east Pakistan.

A large number of species of animals living there struggled to survive. According to the forest department, a forest fire first broke out in Srinagar district on May 23 and it is difficult to control the fires due to winds.

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The hilly state has 38,000 square kilometers of forest areas — which is home to 1145 plant species ranging from Brahma Kamal to the famous mythological Sanjivani Booti.


This comes at a time when there are 401 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 4 patients have died and 64 have recovered.

Here are some devastating pictures from Uttarakhand wildfire:

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At least 2 people have reportedly lost their lives due to wildfires in Uttarakhand, whereas one person was injured.

The wildfires have affected 71 hectares of forest land, risking the lives of hundreds of species living there.


Kumaon region is the worst-hit area with 21 wildfires incidents. Whereas, the Garhwal region reported 16 wildfires and the forest reserve witnessed nine instances.
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According to the government, this may not be the worst year for wildfires as intermittent rains and high moisture levels have helped in preventing such instances. "Forest fires have come down a lot this season. Partly due to less anthropogenic activity and partly due to rains," Press Information Bureau said in a tweet.


Although devastating, these wildfires take place every year due to rising temperatures. The state recorded 1,590 wildfire cases till May 25 last year.
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