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60% doused in Uttarkhand fire

“There are 7 or 8 major fires in Garhwal now, of which a little over half are fresh fires,” said Sanjay Gunjyal, IG, Garhwal. There was more relief with rain being reported from Uttarkashi and some parts of Garhwal.

Written by Devyani Onial | Dehradun |
Updated: May 4, 2016 5:58:48 am

Forest fires in Uttarakhand are being gradually brought under control, the state administration said Tuesday. With the blaze still ravaging forests in the state, the authorities said latest satellite imagery showed that the fires had been extinguished in about 60-67 per cent of the affected area.

“There are 7 or 8 major fires in Garhwal now, of which a little over half are fresh fires,” said Sanjay Gunjyal, IG, Garhwal. There was more relief with rain being reported from Uttarkashi and some parts of Garhwal.

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Three Indian Air Force helicopters, meanwhile, continued their sorties to spray water over the affected districts of Kumaon and Garhwal. The authorities also stepped up action against people suspected of starting the fires. So far, three people have been arrested.

The fires have affected about 3,465 hectare of forests in Uttarakhand and have reportedly left eight people dead. The funeral of constable Pankaj Chauhan, who died Monday due to injuries sustained after being hit by a stone during a fire-fighting operation in Chamoli, was held Tuesday at his village near Srinagar, Garhwal.

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