Margalla bushfire reaches Quaid-e-Azam University

Margalla bushfire reaches Quaid-e-Azam University

18 June 2012

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 Pakistan – ISLAMABAD: A bush fire, which erupted on Margalla Hills due to the extreme heat wave, continued spewing ash all around, and has reached the premises of Quaid-e-Azam University.

Fire erupted on Margalla Hills near Bari Imam shrine at various spots, and was spreading at an alarming pace, engulfing a large area and destroying precious woodland and wildlife on thousands of acres.

The intensity of the flames could be felt at the Diplomatic Enclave, and even at Melagah Lohi Dandi and Bhara Kahu.

It is feared that if not controlled, the fire can reach Daman-e-Koh and the forests of Pir Sohawa. “The fire has already engulfed a police checkpoint, a mosque and high-power electricity transmission line passing through the area,” a resident said.

However, none of the departments concerned took steps on war footings to extinguish the flames. According to Capital Development Authority (CDA) officials, the fire broke out due to scorching heat.

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