As global temperatures rise, Pakistan has felt the heat as seen in the recent forest fires in Baluchistan.
Its been a week since a devastating forest fire started in different parts of the Koh-i-Sulaiman range. It started after the area was struck by lightning and has since engulfed hundred of trees dotting the mountain range, which is home to the world’s largest pine nuts forest and connects the three provinces of Baluchistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The fire is spreading with every passing day as the weather is on its side. The dry climate and the scorching heat are only aiding the fire as it continues to wreak havoc, forcing several residents of nearby villages to move to safer locations.
Chief Minister of Baluchistan Qudees Bizenjo and 12 Corps Commander Lt Gen Sarfraz Ali and other officials visited Shirani district and reviewed the situation.
As in every natural disaster in the country, the Pakistan army has taken up the task to be on the forefront and help extinguish the fire with the helps of its Aviation. CM Bizenjo has also announced Rs 1 million each for the families of the three people who lost their lives and Rs 500,000 for each injured.
Alongside, Iran has provided Pakistan with a special plane to douse the fire and it started its operations as of Sunday, 22nd May.
Massive fire fighting efforts are underway as the FC wing with two army helicopters, along with local administration levies have been employed in firefighting and relief efforts. The helicopters are being used to drop water and fireball and fire extinguishing chemicals to put out the fire.
As many as 400 fireballs, 200 fire suits, blankets, tents, mats and fire extinguishing equipment were provided by National Disaster Management Authority through FC Baluchistan.
In a statement by the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), it was said; “The fire is mostly on mountain tops (10,000 ft high) away from population centers but continues to spread due to hot weather, inaccessible nature of the terrain and dry winds; nearest village is approximately eight to ten kilometers away from the locations of the fire”