Sundarbans fire doused after 30 hrs

Probe body formed

Staff Correspondent

5 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The fire that broke out in Daser Bharani area under the Sharankhola Range of the Sundarbans East Forest Division has been doused completely after 30 hours.

“We have been able to douse the fire after 30 hours,” said Md Belayet Hossain, divisional forest officer (DFO) of the Sundarbans East Forest Department.

“Firefighting activities were suspended after sundown last night, which resumed Tuesday morning,” he added.

“There has been no major damage,” the forest official said adding that the Forest Department formed a three-member investigation committee on Monday to identify the cause behind the fire and asked to submit its report within the next seven days.

Joynal Abedin, assistant forest conservator of the Sharankhola Range of Sundarbans East Forest Division, will lead the investigation body.

Sharankhola Station Officer Abdul Mannan and Dhansagar Station Officer Md Faridul Islam will assist him as a member of the committee.

In the meantime, Md Golam Sarwar, deputy assistant director of Bagerhat Fire Service and Civil Defence, said that the spot where the fire broke out is about 5-6km away from the locality.

He said the fire could not be doused yet as there are plenty of dry          

leaves in the forest and scarcity of source of water.

“We have installed four and a half kilometre pipes to supply water for putting out the blaze. Our three units have been working since dawn,” he said.

 “Hopefully it will be possible to douse the fire soon,” he added.

As soon as the news of fire reached the surrounding villages, hundreds of villagers rushed to the spot.

Apart from the forest department and fire service officials, they also worked to bring the fire under control.

They constructed a fireline removing flammable materials and dug down to the mineral soil to prevent the fire from spreading further.

According to the villagers, the only water source in the area, Mora Bhola River, is almost a kilometre away from the spot and that is why it was difficult to douse the blaze completely.

Earlier on February 8, a fire at Dhansagar station under Chandpai range of the Sundarbans East Division had burnt down at least four decimals of forestland.