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Sundarbans fire finally brought under control

Update : 28 May 2017, 01:23 AM
The fire that broke out in Nangli camp under Chandpai range of the Sundarbans East Zone was brought under control on Saturday at 3pm. The fire that broke out on Friday took three units of the Fire Service and Civil Defence (FSCD) along with forest officials to bring it under control. “It took 30 hours of frantic effort to douse the fire,” said FSCD Deputy Additional Director (DAD) Asad Sheikh. Locals first spotted the fire near Madraschhila area of Nangli camp around 11am on Friday. The FSCD instantly dispatched three units from Bagerhat, Morelganj and Swarankhola fire stations to the spot. Firefighters cut a fire line to prevent it from spreading further and were able to partially control the flames around 7pm. The operation had to be temporarily called off because of a lack of water sources in the vicinity, added Asad Sheikh. Almost 5 acres of forest land were burnt by the fire, according to the FSCD. However, the Forest Department (FD) claimed the fire had engulfed about 2 acres of lands at best before it was brought under control. The source of the fire is yet to be determined. The Forest Department had formed a three-member probe body to unearth the origin of the blaze and the extent of losses, said Sundarbans East Zone Divisional Forest Officer Md Saidul Islam. The Chandpai range of the Sundarbans saw 21 fire incidents from 2002 to 27 April, 2016 raging through some 70 acres of forest.
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