More than hundred mango trees destroyed by fire
More than a hundred mango trees in the Mahaweli farm were destroyed by fire in Aralaganwila Medagama area of the Mahaweli B Zone belonging to the Mahaweli Authority of Sri Lanka on August 16.
Residential Manager Sugath Weerasinghe said during our enquiry, that an investigation has been carried out to find out whether someone set fire to the mango trees, or whether it was a fire caused by some other method.
He said that when the fire broke out, Mahaweli officials tried to put it out, but due to the extremely dry weather and drought, they failed and the mango plantation was completely destroyed in a very short time.
These days, due to the extremely dry weather and drought prevailing in Mahaweli B zone including Polonnaruwa, poachers are killing animals and engaging in an illegal business of selling wild meat by setting fire to the forests.
Accordingly, several site security officers from the Polonnaruwa Wildlife Office told us that there are a group of organised businessmen who are committing various crimes by setting fire to the national parks such as Maduruoya, Dimbulagala, Weheragala, Welikanda, Thrikonamaduwa, Somavathiya and other forest reserves and that a special team has been deployed to arrest them.