Massive blaze destroys 700 acres of forest land in KP’s Shangla district
Authorities and rescue employees remained unsuccessful on the third consecutive day in controlling a major blaze which had first broken out in the forests of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla district on Thursday. The blaze has since engulfed greater than seven hundred acres of forest land and is readily spreading against adjacent areas.Shangla Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Amjad Khan informed Dawn.com on Saturday that greater than 200 employees of the woodland department had been engaged to contain the fire. Locals are also collaborating in the rescue paintings he said.
He said spreading flames had destroyed treasured forests value thousands and thousands of rupees during the last three days and badly hit the areas of Bisham city Kormang Gandorai and Hawalai. The DFO claimed that nearly 70 in step with cent of the affected areas in Shangla district had been cleared and efforts are underway to position out the fireplace elsewhere. Locals have claimed that the forests had been set on fire by way of the land and wood mafia in connivance with the staffers of the departments concerned. Khan stated that a prime-degree inquiry might be performed to seek out the explanation of its occurrence.The fire had broken out on Thursday evening in the Gandorai space adjoining the mountains of Bisham town and the blaze spread all of a sudden because of heavy winds.The DFO had in advance mentioned the fireplace seems to were started intentionally however the division would properly look into the issue.