Owing to the rise in temperatures and shortage of fire fighting equipments with the fire department, fire incident are on rise in different parts of the district.
The day temperature was recorded at 43°Celsius on Thursday and it was difficult to venture out during the day. Worst affected were the schoolchildren, who return to their homes braving the onslaught of the scorching heat along with their parents.
More than three dozen fire incidents claiming nine houses and property worth several lakh was reported from various parts of the district during the last one month.
Besides, the pine forests of the district are also on fire and the employees of the forest department and local people are doing their best to put off the fires.
Despite shortage of manpower and equipments, the fire department is trying to extinguish the fire. The main fire office is located at Hamirpur and another sanctioned for Sujanpur.
Hamirpur deputy commissioner Rohan Chand Thakur said the district administration has asked its field staff to help the people whose houses were burnt under the provisions of relief manual and also report the incidents to the district administration.
Meanwhile, local people are praying to the Lord Sun to stop showing its teeth to the people and instead help the Rain God to shower rains in the region and thereby help the people and their crops from the scorching heat waves.