PESHAWAR: The recent fire incidents in various forest areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has burnt down almost 1.2 million saplings and trees, resulting in a total loss of 20.6 million rupees, disclose a report of Forest Department KP on Monday.
The Forest Department report revealed that the green cover losses from the fires mostly happened before and after Eid-Ul-Fitr in separate incidents in Swabi, Mardan, Swat Nowshera, Kohat, Hangu and Dera Ismail Khan. however, the most affected district is Swabi, where several hectares of forest cover was burnt down.
The report of the Forest department recorded 118 fire incidents so far, adding that a very marginal number of Billion Tree Tsunami (BTTP) trees were affected by the forest fires. The report claims that the burnt area affected just 0.012 per cent of the BTTP trees.
The forest department in its reports says that the fire eruption in forests is the result of tourists activities who has left the fire after Iftaar or after their picnic during the Eid holidays. The fire was mostly on top of the mountains where strong winds acted as a fuel to it while the machinery of the rescue 1122 and fire brigade departments was also unable to access it.
The report revealed that one of the possible reason behind the fire incidents could be sometimes disputes among the communities. The community sometimes intentionally set fire on the forests to put the blame on forests’ workers. The Forest Department said that an investigative committee has been formulated to look into the facts of fire eruption in the Karamar forest in Swabi.
The Billion Tree Tsunami (BTTP) was one of the flagship projects of the previous PTI government in the province. The government claimed that some 1.2 billion saplings were raised in various areas of the province, out of which 40% saplings were planted, while the rest were raised through conservation of the exciting forest cover.