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Fire guts trees on several acres of Lashkargah jungle

Fire guts trees on several acres of Lashkargah jungle

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Jan 07, 2018 - 22:19

LASHKARGAH (Pajhwok): A fire gutted ornamental and other trees on around 17.5 acres of forest land near Lashkargah, the capital of southern Helmand province, an official said on Sunday.

The fire that broke out in the forest along the Helmand River sometime last night continued for several hours, destroying a large number of trees.

Ahmad Sha Khairi, Nangarhar agricultureinfo-icon director, told Pajhwok Afghan News that they were investigating the cause of the fire breakout.

He said common people used to walk inside the forest and some drug addicts were also living there while some times security forces used to hunt fishes in the river by firing.

He said common people should strongly pay attention to preservation of the jungle because the trees played a crucial role in keeping the city from flooding and pollution.

Abdullah Jan, a resident, blamed the fire breakout on government’s negligence. He claimed some people intentionally torched the forest to grab the land.

Saleh Mohammad, a student of the agriculture department of the Helmand University, said: “This is the only place where we conduct research studies and this too was set alight last night.

The jungle was created around five decades ago in Bolan locality of the provincial capital, but some parts of the land have been grabbed and destroyed due to the conflict.

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