Devastating pictures from Uttarakhand forest fires over last four days— forests burn as North India becomes the world’s warmest region
- 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.
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.
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.
Uttarakhand: Forest fire broke out in Srinagar of Pauri Garhwal district today. Forest officer Anita Kunwar says, "… https://t.co/2v2YnC5ehI— ANI (@ANI) 1590251189000
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:
At least 2 people have reportedly lost their lives due to wildfires in Uttarakhand, whereas one person was injured.
Uttarakhand is burning from 4 days ,it has been reported Uttarakhand has lost nearly 51.43 hectares of forest cover… https://t.co/GEVA3AuQ7t— waje (@brightwims) 1590487291000
The wildfires have affected 71 hectares of forest land, risking the lives of hundreds of species living there.
Again, we aren't paying attention to #UttarakhandForestFire Around 5 hectares of forest is burnt in the last 2 da… https://t.co/b7VF66ozUT— UCIFoundationOfficial (@FoundationUci) 1590466224000
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.
WHAT IS HAPPENING? Forest fire breaks out in Uttarakhand (Photo courtes: ANI) #wildfire #fireBREAKS… https://t.co/kYFAMrkIIP— Pramit Maity (@musafir_1509) 1590353613000
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.
Bringing relief to the Forests of #Uttarakhand and the natural dousers of Forest Fires, rain showers in many distri… https://t.co/pcZPKa3iIH— UttarPradesh.ORG News (@WeUttarPradesh) 1590559242000
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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