Salem: Forest Department cautions public

SALEM: As summer has started parching the earth, the officials from Department of Forests have launched their routine annual exercise of making the public aware of bush fires in Shevaroyan and other hills surround the city and district.

Team

On Saturday, a team of officials distributed handbills asking the public not to carry inflammable articles and irresponsibly throw lighted sticks and half-burnt cigarette butts that used to cause heavy damages to the flora and fauna of the forests in Shevaroyan and other hills.

The tourists were also asked to be responsible while they enjoyed Yercaud atop the hills. They asked the villages surrounding the foot hills also to be ever vigilant.

Had any one spot the fire, they should inform the Forest officials immediately. Tom-tom was also carried out in these villages. School children also were roped in for the campaign.

Emergency numbers

The District Forest office also provided phone numbers for emergency calls.

They are: Salem: 0427-2415097; Asthampatti: 98425 14215; Yercaud: 94432 65748; Danishpet: 94426 39636; Mettur: 94436 35936 and Pappireddipatti: 94422 63426.

From THE HINDU

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