Balasore: Devastating fire has engulfed about 100 square kilometer area of the Kuladiha sanctuary under Nilgiri subdivision in Balasore district. The villagers around the sanctuary alleged that the fire was caused by the timber mafia while the forest department personnel expressed helplessness to control the fire raging for the last six days due to lack of manpower. The fire poses imminent danger to the precious flora and fauna of the Kuladiha sanctuary.
The Kuladiha sanctuary spreads over an area of 272 square kilometers. The fire has spread to about to 100 square kilometer area of the sanctuary. The devastating fire is destroying precious plants and poses threat to the animals aside from polluting the environment.