Friday, June 29, 2012

Fires ravage 20000 hectares of Himachal forests in two months, India

SHIMLA: Unusually hot and dry conditions this summer have turned the green hills of Himachal Pradesh into a tinderbox - literally. Forest wealth estimated at well over Rs 2 crore (over $400,000) spread over 20,000 hectares has been destroyed in forest fires in just two months this year.

A forest department official said the prolonged dry spell, particularly in the mid and low hills, has led to widespread forest fires. Now, the delay in the arrival of monsoon has further aggravated the situation. Source