New Delhi. As a major forest fire ravaged the forests of Uttarakhand, NDRF deployed 130 personnel to overcome the spreading forest fire. Nearly 2,269 hectares of forest being destroyed by fire and it has claimed seven lives till now. The teams of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) have been arranged to overcome the tremendous fire in the 13 affected areas of Pauri Garhwal, Chamoli and ALmora district.
NDRF Director General OP Singh said, “Our team is working closely with state authorities and forest department in 13regions. These teams are instructed to adopt the traditional method to prevent the spread of fire. We are using the tools to prevent spread of fire and green bushes too.
135 employees are working altogether with many teams in Uttrakhand, he informed. NDRF is working in the areas of Pakhi and Gopeshwar in Chamoli, team Binsar in the areas of Someshwar, Bikisen, Siplaket and Dauladevi in Almora district. Every team is covering the areas upto 8-10 kms. Additional teams of National Disaster Response Force have been kept ready in Ghaziabad.
Team also saved a house with a family of four members in the mountainous region of Mahlchori in Pauri district. Singh told, “The force is in constant touch with the team leaders working in the state. Union Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the Chief Secretary of the State government today on the situation arising from the forest fire and also offered all help from Centre.
Yesterday he spoke to the Governor KK Paul who briefed him the situation in the hill side. Air Force MI- 17 helicopters are splitting water for fire fighting. So far, seven people have been killed. Pauri, Nainital, Rudraprayag and Tehri are the most affected districts.