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Odisha forest official charred to death while trying to save saplings from fire

The head of the task force on Sunday claimed that the fire situation in Odisha is under control.

Mahanta’s half-burnt body was recovered from the forest.(Representative image)
Mahanta’s half-burnt body was recovered from the forest.(Representative image)
Updated on Mar 22, 2021 12:48 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty, Bhubaneswar

‘Rain saved wildlife and trees’, says Similipal forest official who won hearts

A massive forest fire devastated large tracts of the Similipal biosphere reserve in the Mayurbhanj district of Odisha.

"While we were dousing the fire, it started raining. I started dancing with joy. Rain saved wildlife and trees," said Snehalata Dhal.(Screengrab)
Updated on Mar 12, 2021 07:48 PM IST
By | Edited by Ayshee Bhaduri, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Woman forest official’s dance during rainfall in Odisha’s Similipal wins hearts

Shared by Twitter user Dr. Yugal Kishore Mohanta, the video may leave you smiling.

The image shows forest official Sneha Dhal dancing in the rain.(Twitter@ykmohanta)
The image shows forest official Sneha Dhal dancing in the rain.(Twitter@ykmohanta)
Published on Mar 12, 2021 12:18 AM IST
BySrimoyee Chowdhury

More fires in Similipal, rest of Odisha; officials say rain is need of the hour

There were at least 19,233 fire spots over Odisha since February 28 while 23,859 forest fires were counted since November 1 last year.

Odisha saw around 7,000 new fire points in the last 24 hours.(HT photo)
Odisha saw around 7,000 new fire points in the last 24 hours.(HT photo)
Updated on Mar 08, 2021 01:12 AM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty, Bhubaneswar

Odisha govt deploys 1000 men to contain huge blaze in Similipal National Park

Similipal, among the few included by the UNESCO in its list of critical biosphere reserves of the world, covers an area of 5569 sq km and contributes 38% of the total protected area network in Odisha. It is also one of the oldest tiger reserves in the country.

The fire in Similipal biosphere came as Odisha topped the list of forest fire incidents with 6627 fire spots since February 24 as per the Forest Survey of India’s fire alerts system. (HT PHOTO).
The fire in Similipal biosphere came as Odisha topped the list of forest fire incidents with 6627 fire spots since February 24 as per the Forest Survey of India’s fire alerts system. (HT PHOTO).
Published on Mar 03, 2021 11:40 PM IST
ByDebabrata Mohanty
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