A massive fire in some 13 districts in Uttrakhand, has engulfed over 2,000 hectares of forest, destroyed wildlife and trees, and killed at least six people- including three women and one child.
The magnitude of fire led to the state government employing National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams in several districts including Pauri, Chamoli and Almora, along with two IAF Mi17 choppers to try and douse the flames. Around 6,000 state personnel have been deployed to tackle the fires.
Forest fires in Uttrakhand skymetweather
The conflagration has brought to the fore one burning question. What was the cause of fire and who was behind it?
Sometimes locals too are involved in such condemnable activity. In some areas, like Nachani, Pithoragarh, villagers are guarding forests to prevent “anti-social elements” from setting the forests on fire, a media report said.