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Unseasonal rains bring relief to Tiger Reserves from forest fires

Mysuru, Mar 17( UNI) Unseasonal heavy rains in the Nagarahole and Bandipur Tiger Reserves and in most parts of Kodagu district during the last two days has brought temporary relief from forest fires.
The downpour was also expected to ease water scarcity in the country’s two major tiger reserves with several water bodies had dried up due to prolonged dry spell.
The showers due to cyclonic effect cooled down the forests which had gone bone dry. Forest authorities have been for weeks taking precautionary measures to avert forest fires that are usually reported in summer.
Sources in the Forest Department said the rains could check fires for at least the next two weeks due to the wet ground conditions.
When contacted, Deputy Conservator of Forests (Madikeri) Maria Christu Raja, who holds additional charge as Director of Nagarahole Tiger Reserve, said Nagarahole and most parts of South and North Kodagu received reasonably good rain since Wednesday. The downpour was concentrated on Thursday, he added.
He said the rain was widespread with most ranges of Nagarahole reserve receiving the showers since last two days. Rain has also been reported from Bandipur Tiger Reserve, Mr Raja added.
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