Australia It’s been almost 20 years since three people perished in a series of deliberately lit bushfires in Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges.
Graham Lindroth, 26, and his wife Jennifer, 24, died on January 21, 1997 while seeking shelter under their Ferny Creek home.
The body of a neighbour, Genevieve Erin, 50, was also found in their home where she had fled for shelter.
A total of 42 houses were destroyed, 34 of them in Ferny Creek, and another 45 damaged, leaving a repair bill of $6.5 million.
Despite extensive investigations, police have been unable to locate anyone responsible for the fatal fires.
The Arson and Explosive Squad is now looking at the fire with fresh eyes and hope a $1 million reward will help bring anyone with information forward.
“We believe whoever lit those fires chose the perfect day and there was a definite intent to cause extensive damage,” Arson Squad Inspector Michael Roberts said.
“By making a renewed appeal to the public and finding the person responsible for such senseless devastation, we are hoping to provide the families of the victims with some answers.”
A reward of up to $1 million will be paid for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspicious fires.
Police previously posted rewards of $100,000 in 2002, and $50,000 in 1999, for information leading to arrest and conviction but are yet to charge anyone over the fatal fires.
Winters have started approaching the northern region of India that also includes Delhi-NCR along with Punjab and Haryana. Due to this, minimums have also started dropping in many parts of North India including Delhi and NCR. In fact, as per the temperatures recorded on October 15 and October 17, the minimums ofDelhi and NCR went down to 17°C.
As per experts, an increase in the pollution level normally occurs during the winter months. However, there are a few reasons that could enhance the pollution level in Delhi and the adjoining areas. The very first reason that can be attributed to an increase in pollution level in the national capital is crop fires in the neighboring state ofHaryana andPunjab.
These two states lie in northwest proximity of Delhi and normal pattern of winds during this season is northwesterly. These winds drag the smoke and fine particles of the burnt crop and mix them with Delhis atmosphere. Moreover, the temperatures also start dipping, therefore, the air near the earths surface tends to condense leading to formation of haze.
Whenever the winds are light or calm, these air pollutants get mixed with the haze or mist and forms a blanket of smoke haze which remains suspended for few hours in the mornings. Thereafter, the haze disappears as the sun rises and temperatures increases during the day.
But as the winter progresses in the month of December and January, the duration of haze, mist or fog gets extended and these pollutants remain suspended in the atmosphere for longer duration of time. Other factors including the smoke emitting from vehicles and factories and dust from construction sites also add to the rising pollution levels.
Sometimes this situation can continue for days altogether. However, relief is expected only when a strong Western Disturbance gives rain over the region. It is then that these pollutants settle down for a few days.
Another criterion which reduces the pollution levels is the strong and moderate dry winds from northwest or west which carry away these pollution particles. In a nutshell, it can be said that in October, intensity and duration of pollution remain less though increases in November as winters sets in.
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