Published:  02:07 AM, 04 May 2021

Fire breaks out at Sundarbans

Fire breaks out at Sundarbans Fire at Sundarbans' Sharankhola Range. -Agency

A fire broke out at Daser Bharani area under Sharankhola Range of Sundarbans East Forest Division on Monday morning.Two units of Sharankhola Fire Service and Civil Defense Station as well as the forest department are working together to bring the fire under control. But The flames could not be doused while filing this report at around 6:15 pm.

The fire might have originated due to high weather temperature, said Abdul Mannan, Sharankhola station officer of the Sundarbans East Forest Division. The fire broke out around 12:00 pm today, said Mohammad Belayet Hossain, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans East Forest Department.

According to Sharankhola Fire Service Station Officer-in-Charge Abdul Chattar, "Due to lack of water, the fire service team struggled to make any progress. So we  decided to build a 2km long pipeline connecting the site of fire and Bhola river. "According to locals,  the fire has already spread to large areas of forest.  It will not be possible to control the fire very easily as there is no water nearby. 

They have alleged  that some unscrupulous people often enter the forest illegally to collect honey.  They collect honey from beehives by lighting torches. This fire might have started from the fire of their burning torch.Earlier on 8 February, a fire at Dhansagar station under Chandpai range of the Sundarbans East Division had burnt down at least four decimals of forestland.

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