Forest fire rages in Similipal; Union Minister directs officials to take prompt action

Baripada: A major forest fire has been raging in Similipal sanctuary spread across 2,750 square kilometer for the past one week endangering the lives of animals. Moreover, many trees in the sanctuary have been turned into ashes due to the forest fire.

As per reports, the fire has already spread to Betanoti, Rasgobindpur and Morada forest range of the sanctuary.

Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar today directed officials to take immediate action to bring the Similipal fire under control and report him on the measures. In a social media message, Javadekar informed about his decision.

Earlier in the day, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan drew the attention of the Union Environment Minister on the Similipal fire by tagging him on the social media. Pradhan also tagged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on the social media post and sought his attention.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee (OPCC) President Niranjan Patnaik also raised concern over the forest fire in Similipal.

Initially, Akshita M. Bhanj Deo, the Princess of Mayurbhanj posted a message on the social media saying about the devastating fire in the Similipal sanctuary, Asia’s second largest biosphere.

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