set by illegal logging and timber smugglers to the Manalkadu jungle
on Friday (17) night has destroyed nearly 5 acres of Casuarina
in Manalkadu and Kudaththanai areas attempted to extinguish the
fire but strong wind and severe drought prevailing prevented them
dousing the fire. The 52 Division had to mobilize about 200 extra
troops for the purpose and by Saturday (18) afternoon they could
control the fire by clearing line of trees, dried leaves and digging
ditches around the affected area.
in this jungle which serves as a cyclone barrier has been a common
phenomenon. However, soldiers serving in the area have on many
occasions caught them red handed and handed over to the Police.