Wildfires continue to ravage districts of KP


PM directs to provide two helicopters for extinguishing fire

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed to provide two helicopters for extinguishing fire in Babuzai, Swat. On the request of local administration, the Prime Minister also directed that air support be provided immediately to control the fire.

Meanwhile, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Chief Minister Mahmood Khan has directed the concerned divisional and district administration to investigate the wild fire incident and report in this regard. He said action should be taken against elements involved in this crime.

The Chief Minister also directed the district administrations and Rescue 1122 to utilize all available sources to control fire in Swat.

It is pertinent to mention here that at least four people including three women were dead as fire erupted in Swat’s mountainous forest, Chaksair on Saturday. Rescue teams along with the locals of Chakswar tried to control the fire and carried out relief operations.

As per initial reports, four people including three women have been dead in the fire. The locals said initially fire broke out at four spots in Swat’s mountainous forest, Brekot, Charbagh Kot, Kabal Segram and Chaksair.

On the other hand wildfires continued to ravage five districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for a second day on Sunday. According to rescue officials and locals, the wildfires broke out in different areas of districts Shangla, Haripur, Swat, Lower Dir and Mohmand on Saturday, claiming the lives of four members of a family and injuring one other.

Sub-divisional forest officer, Zahid Hussain that the fire at Chakesar Ali Jaan Kaprai had been extinguished after two days of hectic efforts of forest officials, Rescue 1122 and police teams.