Fires destroy Haputale, Mihintale forestland

Fires destroy Haputale, Mihintale forestland

Fires destroy Haputale, Mihintale forestland

Written by Tharushan Fernando

09 Oct, 2016 | 8:19 pm

Vast areas of forestland have been destroyed by wildfires amid the dry weather conditions.Another forest fire was reported from Haputale on Sunday.

The fire erupted in the Beragala Mountain in Haputale on Sunday afternoon and spread rapidly owing to the dry conditions in the area.

Police say that it is difficult to douse the blaze, given obstacles in accessing the location.Almost 100 acres had been destroyed as of this evening.

Meanwhile, a fire erupted in the Rahathan Kanda area in Buttala on Sunday  afternoon.

Another fire erupted at the Mahakanadarawa reserve in Mihinthale this afternoon. The Anuradhapura District Disaster Management Unit says that steps are being taken to douse the flames.

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