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Rain brings relief to fire dousing operations

Spell of rains lashed most parts of Uttarakhand overnight helping fire dousing operations

Policy Pulse
Publish Date: May 4 2016 2:27PM | Updated Date: May 4 2016 2:27PM

Rain brings relief to fire dousing operations

Photo: NDRF

 

Spell of rains lashed most parts of Uttarakhand overnight helping fire dousing operations across the state in a big way even as the toll in forest fires rose to seven with a fire watcher’s death.

 
Light to moderate rains hit the higher reaches of the mountains last evening and swept the plains overnight with Munsyari in the hills receiving 11 mm of rains and Dehradun in the plains recording 7 mm of showers, Director MeT department Vikram Singh said.
 
Almost all the districts in the hills as well as in the plains have received rains in varying degrees, he said.
 
“It is going to supplement the firefighting operations underway in a major way as it will settle the plumes of smoke rising from flaming forests which had reduced visibility besides moisturising the woods which is likely to bring down the number of fresh fire incidents,” the MeT director said. 
 
As per latest data released by Principal Conservator of forest BP Gupta, nearly 3465.94 hectares of forest land lies ravaged by forest fires. 
 
Toll has also risen to seven with a fire watcher’s death last night due to suffocation from smoke rising from forests in Matiyali range of Pauri district, officials said.