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Author: Source: GNA
Cigarette butts thrown carelessly on forest roads have devastated around 60 hectares of lush forest in Kerala during February and March, the wild-fire season in the state.
According to the data of State Wildlife Department, around four per cent of the forest loss during the period was because of such carelessness.
Apart from cigarettes, lightning, discharge from electric lines, spreading of fire due to careless handling of fire and intentional fire have also caused fire largely across forests
in the state, the data says.
"Cigarette butts caused fire mainly in places near roads in 'kooppu' (place for taking woods from forests using elephants), the in-roads which are used by both tribal and non-tribal people. Match boxes and cigarette packets have been recovered many times from such roads," Chief Conservator of Forest, K J Varghese said.
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