Swat forest fires, PM orders sending helicopters to put out fires

Swat forest fires PM orders sending helicopters to put out

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif has said that in order to control the forest fires in Swat, he has ordered the deployment of helicopters to assist the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in the last 24 hours in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. It has erupted in 5 districts.

In a message released on Twitter, the Prime Minister said that 2 helicopters have been sent to Swat at the request of NDMA. Will

PM Shehbaz Sharif has immediately ordered the deployment of two helicopters on the request of NDMA to help put out the fire in the Swat area. The full aerial support will boost the efforts of Rescue 1122, district administration & forest department to extinguish the fire.

– Prime Minister’s Office (akPakPMO) June 5, 2022

According to rescue officials and locals, forest fires broke out in different parts of Shangla, Haripur, Swat, Lower Dir and Mohmand districts on Saturday.

The administration of the affected areas told Dawn that they have used resources to put out the fire, which is destroying lush trees and grazing areas.

Locals in Shangla say the fire broke out in Ali Jan Kaprai, a village on the hills of Chakesar Tehsil. A house was gutted by fire, killing three women and a man from the same family A woman belonging to the same family was burnt and injured in the incident.

Shangla Deputy Commissioner Zia-ur-Rehman told Dawn that the fire started in the bushes which spread to the forest and engulfed the residential area.

Asked about the rescue operations in the affected areas, he said that the area where the fire broke out was at a high altitude which was inaccessible.

However, forest department officials in Swat said the fire broke out in an area on the outskirts of Mingora in the mountains of Patni, in the mountains of Sky and Sagram in Kabul Tehsil, in the area of ‚Äč‚ÄčKota Abuha in Tehsil Bari Kot and in the mountains of Charbagh.

Qazi Shabir Ahmed, a Forest Department official in Swat, told Dawn that Rescue 1122, Swat Police, Swat Levies, Civil Defense and Pakistani forces were working hard to contain the blaze.

He said that fires in Ajanglat start when intense heat turns grass and bushes into fires, reckless smokers or farmers who want to clear their land can inadvertently cause a natural disaster. Are

Swat Deputy Commissioner Junaid Khan said that the district administration has started an inquiry and information is being gathered to determine the cause of the fire at various places.

“We have some preliminary information but the investigation committee is working on it in detail to determine the cause of the fire,” he said.

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