Wildfire rages on in Dhankuta

Wildfire rages on in Dhankuta

13 March 2012

published by www.thehimalayantimes.com

Nepal– DHANKUTA: Massive wildfire burning at three community forests namely Chuliban, Mandine Pakha and Deurali in Dhankuta Municipality is yet to come under control.

According to District Federation of Community Forest Users’ Committee, many wild animals have been burnt to death and herbal plants worth hundreds of thousands of rupees destroyed in the fire.

According to District Police Office, Dhankuta, four houses, including that of Chaupate Rai of Dhankuta-8, have been reduced to ashes after the wildfire entered a human settlement.

Local Amrit Rai said they are preparing to leave their houses, with the out-of-control fire approaching the settlement.

Police informed that Nepal Police, Nepali Army and APF personnel and others are battling the fire, but in vain due to a strong gust of wind.

This year alone, five persons have lost their lives in the fire in the district while 16 community forests in 12 village development committees have been ravaged.

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