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Another fire in the Sundarbans!

  • Published at 01:54 pm May 5th, 2021
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A burned tree that toppled in the fire that broke out in Daser Bharani area of Sarankhola Range of Sundarbans East Forest Division on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Dhaka Tribune

Officials say the fire could have originated from the dry leaves in the area

A fire has broken out in Daser Bharani area of Sarankhola Range of Sundarbans East Forest Division again.

The fire broke out on Wednesday morning after firefighters had doused another fire at the same place on Tuesday.

Upon receiving information, three firefighting units from Bagerhat, Morrelganj and Sarankhola reached the spot to put out the fire.

Morrelganj Fire Service Station Officer Sanjay Das said the fire was doused at 5:30pm on Wednesday. 

On Monday, a fire had broken out in the same area of the Sundarbans. Firefighters managed to put out the fire after fighting for 30 hours on Tuesday.

Sarankhola Fire Service Station Officer AH Sattar said the fire was fully doused on Tuesday. However, a fire broke out again at one or two places on Wednesday morning. 

The fire left about 10 acres of forest burned but no valuable trees were damaged, he said.

Md Belayet Hossain, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans East Forest Department, said: “Smoke was detected in the area on Wednesday morning. But we don’t know the reason behind the fire yet.”

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Earlier, the Department of Forest commissioned a three-member committee to investigate the incident and submit a report within a week’s time.

“Joynal Abedin, assistant forest conservator (Sarankhola Range) of the Sundarbans East Forest Department, will be leading the investigation to determine the cause of the fires,” said the DFO.

Md Moinuddin Khan, forest conservator of Khulna region, said that the fire originated from the dry leaves in the area. That is why even after dousing the fire completely, smoke came out and a fresh fire began.

Meanwhile, local residents have alleged that some people often enter the forest to catch fish.  The fire might have started from their cigarettes.

According to the Forest Department, about 75 acres of forest land have been burnt in 25 fire incidents in the last 20 years in the eastern part of the Sundarbans. The damage caused by the fires amount to at least Tk20 lakh.

On February 8, 400 acres of forest land were damaged in a fire at Dhansagar station under Chadpai Range of the Sundarbans.

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