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Uttarakhand forest fire: Devastating visuals

Amid lockdown, Uttarakhand is also facing another devastating blow now.

Uttarakhand which is prone to forest fires due to increased temperatures every year, reported 46 instances of wildfire this year.

According to a report published in TOI on May 24, the forest fire has consumed 51.34 hectares of cover thus far since the first incident was reported.

Kumaon region reported the maximum wildfires with 21 incidents while Garhwal and reserve forest areas reported 16 and 9 instances respectively, the report further added.

Pray for Uttarakhand is currently trending on Twitter.

The hilly state has 38,000 square kilometers of forest areas — which is home to 1145 plant species ranging from Brahma Kamal to the famous mythological Sanjivani Booti.

At least two people have lost their life during this fire and a few injured.

The first fire broke on May 23 and is currently spreading at the region, making it the warmest in the world currently.

The forest officials said that there are many different species living in the forest and also it is difficult to control the fire right away due to the wind.

According to the government, this may not be the worst year for wildfires as intermittent rains and high moisture levels have helped in preventing such instances. “Forest fires have come down a lot this season. Partly due to less anthropogenic activity and partly due to rains,” Press Information Bureau said in a tweet.

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