Taking Uttarakhand Forest Fires very Seriously Says Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar

While the forest fire raged on in Uttarakhand, politicians are busy politicking.

Over 2000 acres of forest cover has been destroyed. Authorities hint at foul play. Efforts are on to douse the forest fire. IAF teams have been deployed for operations. But, low visibility hampers operations. An IAF Mi 17 chopper today (May 1) flew several sorties in Nainital district sprinkling water lifted from a lake to douse the raging forest fires that have destroyed vast swathes of forested land across Uttarakhand. The chopper, which has the capacity of carrying 3000 litres of water, is collecting water from Bhimtal lake and making sorties of Almakhan, Kilbari and Nalena areas of the district to douse the fires.

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