FOREST FIRES

  • Indonesia president apologises for Southeast Asia smog June 25, 2013

    Jakarta: Indonesia's president has apologised for the raging forest fires that have blanketed its neighbours Singapore and Malaysia with thick smog in Southeast Asia's worst air pollution crisis in 16 years. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Indonesia was doing everything it could to contain the fires on the island of Sumatra,...
  • Tirumala forest fire engulfs 500 acres April 20, 2012

    TIRUMALA: A minor fire sparked on Wednesday night near the Elephant Arch and Narasimha Swamy temple on the ghat road that winds down to Tirupati, spread rapidly to engulf nearly 500 acres of of forest land and resulted in a traffic jam on the road.The fire raged throughout the night...
  • J&K: Forest fire in Dachigam National Park March 23, 2012

    Srinagar: A forest fire broke out in parts of Dachigam National Park in Jammu and Kashmir, home of endangered Kashmir Stag (Hangul), at Harwan in the outskirts of Srinagar on Friday. Fire tenders have rushed to the forest area to douse the blaze, a police spokesman said, adding further details were...
  • 400 hectares affected in forest fire, no casualties February 18, 2009

    Amreli: In one of the worst ever forest fire, around 400 hectares of land was affected in Mityana, a part of the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. However, forest department (FD) officials claimed that no animals casualties were reported. "Around 400 hectares of hilly forest land, covered with grasses five to six feet tall...
  • Killer storm strikes Spain, France; 11 dead January 25, 2009

    Madrid/Paris: Four children aged from nine to 12 years were killed on Saturday when a sports centre collapsed near Barcelona in strong winds which battered parts of northern Spain and southwest France. At least 11 adults were killed in separate incidents in Spain and France as gales buffeted the region for...
  • No manpower to curb forest fire, says Forest Ministry November 15, 2007

    New Delhi: The raging fire in California in October this year made headlines across the world. 20 days later, the Indian government held a meeting, only to realise that they are not equipped to handle a forest fire. The Forest Ministry says that the latest technology to detect and monitor forest...
  • World Wipes: alJazeera airs new Osama audiotape October 23, 2007

    New Delhi: The United Nations has asked for an explanation from Pakistan on the allegations of human rights violations during the military operation, Operation Silence, inside the Lal Masjid. A new audiotape believed to be from alQaeda leader Osama bin Laden has been aired on alJazeera television. In the recorded...
  • Forest fires threaten ancient Olympic site in Greece August 27, 2007

    Ancient Olympia (Greece): Firefighters backed by aircraft dropped water and foam on the birthplace of the ancient Olympics on Sunday to stop wildfires from burning the 2,800yearold ruins, one of the most revered sites of antiquity. But the fires burning for three straight days obliterated vast swathes of the country and...
  • Forest fires may actually cool climate November 17, 2006

    Washington: Climatologists have worried for years that forest fires would worsen global warming by adding carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Now, there is an indication that the fires could have a regional cooling effect. Fires in northern forests do release greenhouse gases that contribute to climate warming. However, they also...