Sundarbans fire still raging

Sundarbans fire still raging

23 May 2014

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Bangladesh — A fire that broke out in the Sundarbans on Wednesday afternoon was raging till last night.

SMA Bakir, station officer of Dhansagar in the East Sundarbans, said the blaze engulfed over one acre of forest in Poyshotti Chila under Chandpai range.

Forest guards and fire fighters have managed to prevent further spread of the blaze, but they have yet to put it out completely.

Amir Hossain Chowdhury, divisional forest officer of the East Division, said the cause of the fire could not be known.

Requesting anonymity, a forest official said the fire might have originated from a cigarette butt.

Meanwhile, a three-member probe committee, headed by Abul Kalam Azad, assistant conservator of Chandpai range, was formed yesterday to find the cause of the fire and to estimate the damage.

It has been asked to submit report to Amir Hossain within three working days.

According to some probe reports on previous fire incidents, fires broke out in the low-lying areas of the southern and northern parts of Sharankhola and Chandpai ranges because of heat wave and strong winds towards the end of spring and beginning of summer every year.

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