Shimla, Jan 15:  A total of 56 houses gutted in fire in Shimla’s Tannu village on Saturday night. As per tweets by ANI, no injuries have been reported so far. As per ANI tweet, Rs 40,000 have being given to affected families. The state started limping back to normalcy, after reeling under severe cold conditions for over a week now. Shimla and Dharamshala continued to shiver in sub zero while the cold-spell has however come as a delight to the thousands of tourists.

Last year, Uttarakhand faced enormous devastation due to wildfires. The other state being Jammu and Kashmir also witnessed many wildfires. These fires, set mainly in pine forests in the slopes of the sub-Himalayan region, produced clouds of smoke. The forest department estimated that 3,500 hectares (8,600 acres) of forest had been burnt.

Nearly 1,600 incidents of fires were detected which were brought under control by 2 May. The government took immediate action and the National Disaster Response Force and making use of Indian Air Force Mi-17 helicopters fitted with “Bambi buckets” to douse the fires with water.

The Parliamentary Committee on Science and Technology recently submitted a report on ‘forest fires and its effect on environment, forests, biodiversity, and wildlife’ stated that Himachal Pradesh recorded 1545 instances of fires this summer that affected 13,000 hectares causing an estimated loss of Rs 1.53 crore as compared to 672 fires in 2015. Meanwhile in Uttarakhand, 2074 instances of fires were recorded as opposed to 412 in 2015 that affected 4433 hectares with an estimated loss of Rs 46.5 lakh.