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Climate change, official apathy behind blaze

Climate change, official apathy behind blaze

 

 

Vineet Upadhyay | TNN | May 1, 2016, 10.57 PM IST
 
NAINITAL: Nainital-based veteran photographer Anup Sah, whose pictures of blazing forests in Kumaon have gone viral on social media, has said that a number of factors, including climate change and official apathy, has resulted in the fires amassing large proportions in the state.
 
Claiming that it was a disaster waiting to happen, Sah said, "Even though I have stayed in Nainital for many decades, I have never seen fires on such a large scale in the forests. A number of factors, including climate change and official apathy are responsible for this."
 
Sah, 66, a wildlife enthusiast and photographer, clicked the pictures of burning forests on April 26 when he was on his way to Nainital from Bhowali.
Talking to TOI on Sunday, Sah said, "The fire was so fierce that we had to close the windows of the car as flames were touching the vehicle at some spots. We were scared at that point of time."
 
Terming the fires as a "man-made disaster", Sah said that the monoculture of chir pine trees which have resin that easily catches fire, ignorance of fire lines across the forests, and fall in regeneration of natural flora in the forests, are other factors responsible for the current situation.
He also said that use of choppers to douse fire will provide relief in the short run but long-term planning, participation by local communities and proper training to fire staff is required to combat the menace.
 
SOURCE:http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/dehradun/Climate-change-official-apathy-behind-blaze/articleshow/52067510.cms