March 11, 2021: An Odisha forest guard danced happily when it rained quite heavily over the Simlipal Tiger Reserve, which was burning for the past several days now. However, after a week of burning, the fire has finally been brought under some control at the Simlipal Tiger Reserve in Mayurbhanj district in Odisha.
Odisha forest guard danced as it rained over Simlipal Tiger Reserve
The lady forest guard was seen dancing joyfully, shouting happily in the rain, praying and thanking the rains for the much-needed relief.
The lady forest guard is from the Pithabata Range in Simlipal and the video of her dancing in the rain has gone viral on all social media platforms.
Sneha Dhal, the female forest department personnel, was captured in this enchanting video clip. In the video she was seen shouting with joy,
“The rain God has finally heeded our prayers. It is raining and the fire will stop now. Our Similipal has been saved.”
Video goes viral after Odisha forest guard danced in the rain
The rainfall that poured down on Simlipal Tiger Reserve on Wednesday, for more than one and half hours had given a huge sigh of relief to everyone as it is expected that the wildfire would stop from spreading further over to other parts of the forest cover.
The rainfall was light to moderate yet is being expected to be quite effective in taming the wildfire.
While hundreds of forest guards and other persons have been trying really hard to put off the fire, yet the fire was not completely under control.
With the sudden and much anticipated rain, a deep sigh of relief has spread across Simlipal and entire Odisha.
Rich in biodiversity
Notably, Simlipal Tiger Reserve is the second largest biosphere reserve of Asia and is rich in magnificent flora and fauna.
The wildfire had damaged huge portions of the green forest cover of this tiger reserve.
The PCCF (Principal Chief Conservator of Forests), which is an effective task force, formed by the government of Odisha stated, “The timely actions taken through different agencies by the State Government have resulted in the containment of the ongoing forest fire in the State to a great extent and the situation is well under control. The Forest Fire Points were 290 on March 9, and the latest figure of points inside the forest is 268. The fire in Similipal is totally contained and today only 24 points are detected, which are being attended to in the field.”