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Fire in the Sundarbans is now under control: environment ministry

Update : 05 May 2024, 22:06

The forest fire in Amarbunia camp of Chandpai range under the Sundarbans East Forest Division in Morelganj upazila of Bagerhat district is now under control.
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change issued a statement to this end this afternoon.

It said the fire did not spread to the top of the tree or branches, only spread sporadically above the ground.

Although the fire is under control, fire fighting activities will continue here for the next few days.

Because the forest fire seems to be extinguished or controlled for the time being, but again at any time it can be created anew and spread, said the statement.

A three-member probe committee has been formed by Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), East of Khulna Circle of the Forest Department to investigate the exact cause of the fire.

Apart from the forest department, several units of fire service, navy, police, district administration, upazila administration, public
representatives, Community Patrol Guards (CPG), volunteers and local people provided assistance in extinguishing the fire.

Besides, an Air Force helicopter also assisted for extinguishing the fire by sprinkling water from above.

The fire was first reported on Saturday May 4, 2024 at approximately 3.30 pm. As soon as the incident of fire was reported, the people of the forest department as well as the fire service and other related government agencies
reached the spot.

The Forest Department personnel started cutting fire lines around the blaze with the help of local community patrolling groups, village tiger response teams and local people. But due to low tide at that time there was no water in the canal so it was not possible to give water to the fire.

However, the forest department's own firefighting equipment and water dispenser were brought in at night and it was prepared and set by pipe.

From early today, the forest department workers, fire service, local people, CPG people started cutting the fire line around the fire place and dousing the fire with water.

Around the place of fire, the work of cutting the fire line covering an area of about five acres is going on.

However, since the fire is spreading underground through the roots of the trees, it has to be extinguished with caution.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury and the Secretary of the Ministry Dr. Farhina Ahmed have been supervising and coordinating the Sundarbans firefighting operations round the clock.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is aware of the matter and is keeping a regular check.
Chief Conservator of Forests Md. Amir Hossain Chowdhury has rushed to the scene of the Sundarbans to supervise the activities on the ground.

He will brief the journalists at the office of the Divisional Forest Officer of the Sundarbans West Forest Division in Khulna today at 8:30 pm regarding the latest progress and action in this regard.

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