India A massive fire that has engulfed one of the forest compartments here at Cherwan area of Sindh forest range Kangan for last several days has caused huge damage.
Reports said that the fire broke out in the compartment no. 69 several days ago and is still going on and has engulfed a large area of the forest compartment.
Sources said that the forest department was unable to douse the fire despite hectic efforts.
Reports said that the forest fire has also engulfed two nearby forest nurseries resulting in massive damage to both of them.
Locals said similar wildfire incidents in past have destroyed a large area of forests in Central Kashmir.
Sindh area which was rich in flora, fauna and popular for dense forests is already on smugglers axe but now it has been a victim of wild fires, locals said.
Range officer Kangan, Muneer Ahmed, told Greater Kashmir that they were on job to douse the fire, claiming that the fire was contained last night.
We tried our best to contain the fire and have so far succeeded in stopping it from spreading to the adjoining areas, the official said.
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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