Police suspect arson in forest fires across Sri Lanka

Police suspect arson in forest fires across Sri Lanka

Written by News 1st

22 Jul, 2014 | 1:48 pm

Forest fires have been reported from several areas of the country as a result of the prevailing dry weather.

The Disaster Management Centre says that the fires are results of suspected acts of arson.

The following report details the fires reported from Badulla, Bibila and Moneragala:

Four fires were reported from Hali-Ela , which comes under the purview of the Badulla Divisional Secretariat.

Our correspondent in the area said that the Unugola Watte, Dikwella Watte, Ambawaka Watte and Mahawattegama reserves have been gutted by the fires.

The Disaster Management Centre says that the fires continue to spread causing destruction to over 100 acres of land.

According to our correspondent, the fire that broke out in Kuruvikotha Kanda in the Bibila Divisional Secretariat on July 21 evening continued to spread.

He added that a land area of between 25 to 30 acres  has been destroyed by the fire.

Fires were reported from the Bibila, Dorapoda, Nilgala, Puwakpale, Arangala and reserves this month alone.

Meanwhile, the fire that was reported from the Ranminithenna Hills in Hingurukaduwa, Moneragala at around 8 p.m. on July 21 was contained by the next morning.

Eleven fires were reported from Moneragala during this week.

The District Disaster Management Centre says it has identified these fires as acts of arson.

It adds that persons are setting forests on fire for personal objectives.

The District Disaster Management Centre said it is of the view that serious issues will arise in the future as a result of setting forest on fire, by taking advantage of the prevailing dry weather.

The DMC has asked the general public to refrain from committing acts of arson and to protect forest reserves, considering it a responsibility.

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