Margalla Hills are a permanent part of our lives, the residents of Islamabad. They just stand in the background and add to the federal capital’s charm. For nature lovers, like me, they are ‘a thing of beauty’ which is ‘a joy forever’.
Yesterday while driving my kids back from school I saw clouds of smoke emerging from the hills. It is sad to see these beautiful hills on fire every year. A little match stick can do the trick or maybe a careless smoker. Hot winds blowing in these months of summer sreads a little flame into a huge fire.
I was hoping that this fire should not continue for days. CDA took quick action and sent fire fighters for battling the blaze. Fifteen firefighters fell unconscious due to smoke and heat. These are the hottest days May as the temperature rises above the 40 degrees mark.
According to CDA sources, the blaze has spread across an area of 3 kilometers on the hills where 300 men are presently engaged in fire extinguishing exercise. During the struggle 15 of the men fell unconscious and were shifted to different hospitals of Islamabad.Their efforts could not get the assistance of helicopters due another life threatening crisis going on in Hunza.
You can see the picture taken from my roof top that fire on this part of Margallas have come under control and our fire fighters will inshallah complete the job…..I hope without risking any more lives.