Hot high-speed winds rejuvenate fire in Margallas, 70 fire fighters deployed: Sherry

Sherry to raise Pakistan’s climate challenge at WEF 2022


ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman on Sunday said the bush fires rejuvenated in the Margallas at the boundary area of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Islamabad due to hot high-speed winds which was controlled in the morning.

The Minister for Climate Change in a tweet said that firefighting were going on since morning to control the fire on Margalla Hills in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad boundary area.

She wrote, “Bush fires near E-11 and D-12 area at the boundary of ICT/KP are being fought by CDA & KP staff since morning”. She said after that fire was controlled it has erupted again at 3 pm

Sherry said due to hot high speed winds and tough terrain there were 70 fire fighters deployed still but the Capital Development Authority (CDA) might need to deploy more.

Director General Environment CDA Irfan Niazi told APP that the CDA was on the ground since morning to put out the fire but hot fast moving wind and difficult terrain was making the operations harder

Chairperson Islamabad Wildlife Management Board (IWMB) Rina Saeed Khan informed that the high winds changed the direction of the fire that caught sector D-12 and E-11 area of the National Park. Federal Minister for Climate Change Senator Sherry Rehman will be raising the climate change issue at the annual meeting of World Economic Forum (WEF) 2022 where around 2,500 leaders from politics, business, civil society and media will partake the forum.

This year’s theme “History at a turning point” will deal with ongoing challenges faced by the world including the global pandemic, the war in Ukraine, geo-economic shocks and climate change, said a media release.

Senator Sherry Rehman will be attending a number of WEF events on climate change and its impacts on the global community and Pakistan.

Climate change is an important agenda on the pages, and is also extremely pertinent to the prevailing heat waves and GLOF incidents in the country. Since Pakistan is among the 10 most affected countries from climate change, Federal Minister Rehman will be addressing panels and keynotes on energy transitions, cyclical economy, women and vulnerability indices as well as a high level forum on democracy and its global future, other than bilateral meetings on the sidelines with multilateral agencies and country delegations.

The World Economic Forum annually brings together political and business leaders as well as representatives from international organizations, civil society and youth representations from across the world in an attempt to collectively reach mutual solutions to the global problems.

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