Uttarakhand forest fire: National Disaster Response Force deployed

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Fire has reportedly spread to Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji Tiger Reserve.

Dehradun: The Central Government has sent in three companies of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to control the raging forest fire and conduct rescue operations. As many as 135 personnel has been deployed at the spot.

Fire tenders have been called in to douse the fire, but the situation is still not under control due to scorching summer heat and wind.

The wildfire which started on Friday has caused widespread loss and damage beside destroying over 1000 hectares of forest in 13 districts. So far, four people were killed and seven were injured in the mishap.

The government has urged public to inform the District Magistrate as soon as they detect wildfires in their region. The authorities have closed down the National Highway 58 which leads to the Badrinath temple.

The government had convened a high-level meeting of top officials to issue directives to ensure protection of people’s life and property. Fire has reportedly spread to Jim Corbett National Park and Rajaji Tiger Reserve.

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