Forest Fire (12223 ha) in India 11 Nov 2021

Event summary

This forest fire is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID WF 1003438
Countries: India
Start Date - Last detection*: 11 Nov 2021 - 13 Nov 2021
Duration (days): 2
People affected: 2598 in the burned area
Burned area: 12223 ha
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*(Last detection of the thermal anomaly of the fire)


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Impact Timeline

IDAlert colorGDACS ScorePopulation AffectedBurned Area (ha)Last UpdateSource
1 0.5 2598 12223 14 Nov 2021 04:01 GWIS

Exposed population

The forest fire happened in India , State of Punjab (population 21,384,510) . The nearest places are Patiala, Nabha, Maler Kotla, Sangrur, Ambala, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Thanesar, Kaithal, Jagraoh, and Shimla.

Radius Population
10 km 1.1 million people
5 km 300000 people
2 km 120000 people
1 km 81000 people
Burned Area 2600 people

Land Cover area Source
Settlement 49590 m2 GHSL

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Punjab India 21.4 million people
Haryana India 17.6 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Patiala Punjab India City 300000 people 18 km
Nabha Punjab India City 62000 people 19 km
Maler Kotla Punjab India City 110000 people 42 km
Sangrur Punjab India City 80000 people 52 km
Ambala Haryana India City 140000 people 52 km
Chandigarh Chandigarh India City 660000 people 54 km
Ludhiana Punjab India City 1.2 million people 66 km
Thanesar Haryana India City 120000 people 74 km
Kaithal Haryana India City 140000 people 75 km
Jagraoh Punjab India City - 87 km
Shimla Himachal Pradesh India City 170000 people 108 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Patiala 250 0 18 km
Ambala 274 0 50 km
Chandigarh IXC 308 Mil. Paved No 9000 51 km
Ludhiana LUH 246 Civ. Paved No 4800 55 km
Kalka 516 0 68 km
Halwara 241 0 72 km
Simla SLV 1524 Civ. Paved No 3600 99 km



Reservoir Dam Name River Year Distance
Nangal Dam Satluj 1954 102 km
Govind Bhakra Dam Sutluj 1963 105 km

Nuclear plants

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