Fire breaks out at Sundarbans
Titash Chakraborthey, Khulna Correspondent
Another fire broke out in an area adjacent to the locality of the Sundarbans. The forest department and fire service have started work to control the fire. Fire lines have been cut in an area of one and a half kilometers in the forest to prevent the fire from spreading.
It was initially reported that the fire broke out in the Sundarbans East Forest Division area under Sharankhola upazila of Bagerhat around 11am on Monday. However, the forest department has not yet said anything about the cause of the fire.
Deputy Assistant Director of Fire Service and Civil Defense Bagerhat station Golam Sarwar said that they were informed about the situation at 11:00 am in the morning. They sent a unit of firefighters to control the fire.
Mohammad Belayet Hossain, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans East Forest Department, told that forest workers saw smoke from the fire about 11 km inside the Daser Varani Forest Camp in the Sharankhola Range of the forest around 11 am. The forest department and fire service along with local people have started demarcating he fire line to control the fire from noon.
Mohammad Belayet Hossain said that there was no vegetation in the forest area except the shrubs. Thus, it would be will be brought under control.
Earlier, on February 8, a fire in the Dhansagar station area of the Chandpai Range of the Sundarbans East Forest Division burnt down about a significant portion of forest.