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2.62 lakh forest fires recorded from 2016-18, says Ministry of Environment

In 2018 and 2017, the highest number of forest fires were reported in Odisha at 31,680 and 36,827, respectively

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Once the Forest Rights Act came into force, allegations of corruption and proven cases of wrongful diversion of forest tracts through this process have emerged
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As many as 2.62 lakh incidents of forest fire have been reported from 2016-18, the Ministry of Environment said on Monday.

In response to a query in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Babul Supriyo presented data, according to which 1,17,402 were recorded in 2018, while 1,07,704 cases were reported in 2017 and 37,636 incidents in 2016.

In 2018 and 2017, the highest number of were reported in Odisha at 31,680 and 36,827, respectively, the data showed.

In 2016, the highest number of incidents were recorded in Andhra Pradesh at 8,885.

First Published: Mon, December 02 2019. 21:05 IST
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