Hundreds of acres of forests have been damaged or destroyed in fires that raged across parts of Attappadi Reserve Forest, an extensive mountain valley and a protected area of the Attappadi block of Mannarghat Taluk in Palakkad district of Kerala, close to the Tamil Nadu border in southern India.
Fires broke out simultaneously in half a dozen or so places, leading to the inevitable suspicion that the forests were deliberately set ablaze. Forests that were destroyed included areas that were afforested under a Japan-aided eco restoration scheme.
Thousands of acres of forest in the area were destroyed by fire in 2009 in forested areas in the Attappady and Agali ranges in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve, near the buffer zone of the Silent Valley National Park.
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