Unchecked fire in Vavuniya forest plains

State forest land in Mamaduwa, Vavuniya has been set ablaze for the third time, environmentalists allege. The State land estimated to be over 100 acres has been set on fire for the third time within weeks, which has led to the destruction of several hectares of forest plains.  Following several inquiries, Vavuniya Police and area Forest Department officials who visited the area observed that fire had been set by a few locals on October 16 and 17.

Mamaduwa Police OIC Lakmal speaking to the Daily Mirror said this was not an isolated incident, adding that there is no evidence that this was an organised arson crime.

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