Uttarakhand: Fire doused in 70% of the affected areas, says NDRF

  • PTI, New Delhi
  • Updated: May 02, 2016 12:55 IST
An IAF helicopter carrying water to spray on a forest fire in Uttarakhand. (Arun Sharma/HT Photo)

Latest satellite imageries of Uttarakhand have reported that the forest fire has gone out in over 70% of the affected areas, even as the NDRF has deployed over 130 personnel to tackle the massive blaze.

“We have been informed that fresh images from satellite has shown that the effective area under fire in Uttarakhand has come down to 110-115 locations from the earlier about 427.

“It is expected that these figures will be brought down to 50-60 in the next few days by the combined forces fighting to douse the jungle fire,” NDRF director general OP Singh told PTI.

He said the images from the sky were taken on April 29-30 and this has now given hope to all the agencies combating the fire that it will be contained soon.

The director general said the NDRF men are also working to save animals who could have been trapped in the blazing fire.

People are seen outside their home as a forest fire rages in Buakhal in Pauri. (Arvind Moudgil /HT Photo)

A squad of over 135 personnel of this special force are deployed in Uttarakhand as part of multiple firefighting teams to combat the raging fire in the jungles of Uttarakhand that have destroyed about 2,269 hectares of jungles in several districts and claimed at least seven lives till now.

Read: Air force joins Uttarakhand fight, number of forest blazes falls

The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams have spread out in 13 affected areas of three districts of Pauri Garhwal, Almora and Chamoli with fire fighting equipment to tackle the massive blaze.

“Our teams are working in 13 sectors in coordination with the officials and personnel of the state fire and forest department. The teams have been instructed to adopt the conventional method of cutting the fire line and containing the fire.

Smoke covers the jungles of Manda Khal in Pauri tehsil of Garhwal district. (Arvind Moudgil /HT Photo)

“We are using fire beaters and green bushes to cut the fire from spreading. About 135 personnel as part of multiple teams are working in Uttarakhand at present,” Singh said.

He said in Chamoli the NDRF is working in Pakhi and Gopeshwar areas, while in Almora the teams are working in areas like Binsar, Someshwar, Bikisen, Siplakhet and Dhauladevi.

Read: Living with fire and smoke: Villagers on the edge in Uttarakhand hills

Each team is covering an area of 8-10 sq km, he said, adding, additional NDRF teams have been kept on standby at its camp in Ghaziabad.

The force also saved a house from getting engulfed in the fire in the hilly jungle area of Mehlchori in Pauri district in which a family of four members lived.

Singh said he is in constant touch with his team leaders working in the state.

Read: Uttarakhand blaze: Centre begins trial runs for pre-fire alert system

also read

International community must join hands against terrorism: Rajnath
Show comments