Amid the tensions of the rising number of Coronavirus cases in the country, there's another disaster in North India. We are not talking about the locust attacks, but the forest fires of Uttarakhand. The Devbhoomi, as it is fondly called is currently grappled with forest fires since last four days! A result of the rising temperatures, the forest fires have destroyed nearly over 71 hectares of forest cover. Visuals of these burning forests have been shared on social media with people appealing to #SaveTheHimalayas. Netizens are praying and appealing to help and bring attention to the severe forest fires, which haven't been extensively covered.
Ther have been instances of almost 45 fires in the last week. 21 of which have been reported from the Kumaon region, while the Garhwal region has reported 16. As per reports, two people have lost their lives, but these forest fires prove a major threat to wildlife species. Netizens have taken to social media to create more awareness of the situation and pray for the burning forest. #UttarakhandForestFire and #SaveTheHimalayas are among the top trends on Twitter today. Forest Fire in Himachal Pradesh: Massive Blaze Engulfs Jungle in Chaura Area of Kinnaur District.
Check Some Tweets and Appeals For #SaveTheHimalayas:
Mountains Are Calling to Help
— Ghosia (@Ghosia_Zainab) May 26, 2020
Heaven is Burning
Heaven on Earth - Uttarakhand is burning...
— AINA (@FaizanAkhlakh2) May 27, 2020
Act Today, Save Tomorrow
Human civilization has become the most ever technologically advanced in history but sadly none have bothered to develop any mechanism to prevent, monitor & counter the #wildfires. If we don't act to save nature today, future generations won't praise us tomorrow.#SaveTheHimalayas pic.twitter.com/LCCFY28ePY
— Kapil Pareek (@thekapilpareek) May 27, 2020
Save Our Assets
— i am karthick (@christinokarthi) May 27, 2020
Uttarakhand is Burning
Uttrakhand is burning since 4 days 💔 pic.twitter.com/sFs2auyAin
— Harsimran kaur sandhu (@Harsimran0004) May 27, 2020
Uttarakhand is burning since 4 days but why isn’t anyone talking about our own devbhoomi burning? We prayed for Australia and Amazon, how can we be so ignorant about our own devbhoomi?#prayforuttarakhand #SaveTheHimalayas #UttarakhandForestFire pic.twitter.com/tdHNIs4Rzf
— shubham chandra (@shubham199431) May 27, 2020
We would also like to bring to your notice, that some of the pictures that are doing the rounds on the internet may be old ones. But the important message of the forests burning remains. Meanwhile, PIB Uttarakhand shared a graph to compare the forest fire activity to the previous years. They mentioned, that the forest fires are comparatively less in this season. They also advised people not to fall prey to misinformation.
(The above story first appeared on LatestLY on May 27, 2020 09:07 AM IST. For more news and updates on politics, world, sports, entertainment and lifestyle, log on to our website latestly.com).