Multiple bushfires in Sarlahi, authorities silent

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Siraha, March 24

With the onset of the dry and windy season, forest fires have started taking place in the Sarlahi district in southern Nepal.

Locals say bushfires have been taking place at the Chure area, Sagarnath forest development project, Phooljor Baba partnership forest and other community forests of the district for the past few days continuously.

None of the bodies is found showing any interest to douse the forest fire.

Dozens of human settlements located in the Chure area at the risk due to bushfire. Chandra Bahadur Tamang of Lalbandi municipality-14 says the bushfire takes place in the area every year around this time.

Though locals themselves douse the fire near their settlements, no one has shown any interest to put out the fire spread in jungles, adds Tamang.

Forest and wildlife experts have expressed concern over the loss of wildlife as well as the serious impact on the environment. The chief at the Division Forest Office in Sarlahi, Madhav Prasad Dev, says that it is not possible to put out the forest fire only by the forest employees.

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