Forest fires damage property worth Rs 70 mi in Arghakhanchi

Forest fires damage property worth Rs 70 mi in Arghakhanchi

31 May 2016

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Nepal — The forest fires that broke out at different parts of Arghakhanchi in this dry season damaged property worth million of rupees, directly affecting people of 24 villages including that of Sandhikharkha Municipality.

A total of 174 houses and 90 cowsheds were completely destroyed after bushfires caught the human settlements, Assistant Chief District Officer Chiranjibi Ghimire said. The people of the villages destroyed by the forest fires lost cash, food grains and clothes. The property damage caused by wild fires is put at Rs 70 million, he said.

The District Administration Office, Arghakhanchi has started distributing relief assistance to the affected. Forest area covering some 12,831 hectares was destroyed by the fire in this dry season. A total of 144 community forests in the district were caught by the fire, according to District Forest Office Assistant Forest Officer Madan Prasad Dhungana. Dhatibang, Siddhara, Simapani, Jaluke, Adguri, Pali and Thada VDCs have been mostly affected by the incidents of forest fire.

The death toll of wild life and birds from the forest fires remains unaccounted.

It may be noted that one Makhamali BK, 32, of Dhatibang VDC lost her life in course of dousing the forest fire spread near her home. RSS

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