Only in Bollywood movies, we have seen people dancing to the heavy outpour with sheer happiness, but a similar scene was captured in Odisha’s Similipal biosphere. A video has been doing rounds online showing a forest officer dancing as it rained in the forest in Odisha.
Twitter user Dr Yugal Kishore Mohanta shared a video on March 1 of Sneha Dhal, a forest officer, dancing and shouting in joy as she is taking in the heavy downpour with open arms. The 23-seconds clip showing Dhal’s reaction to the arrival of rain is winning hearts on the internet.
The caption reads, “The real empowered Nature Lover Forester Mrs Sneha Dhal who has been involved in dousing the fire in Similipal 24×7 and finally happy with the grace of God –The Rain.”
The real empowered Nature Lover Forester Mrs. Sneha Dhal who has been involved in dousing the fire in Similipal 24×7 and finally happy with grace of God " The Rain"@PMOIndia @CMO_Odisha @TheGreatAshB @dpradhanbjp @DM_Mayurbhanj @BasudevNews pic.twitter.com/s4WCO62XgW— Dr. Yugal Kishore Mohanta (@ykmohanta) March 10, 2021
Dancing in the heavy downpour, she can be spotted with her hands outstretched and a big grin on her face celebrating and welcoming the arrival of rain after weeks of raging wildfires engulfed the forests. It also destroyed large tracts of the Similipal National Park. She can be heard saying, “Give us more rain (Bahut jyada barsha de),” in the clip as she welcomes the outpour with open arms.
Over the course of more than two weeks, the vast tracts of Similipal National Park in Mayurbhanj district and other wildlife habitats nearby were devastated by a a massive fire. Forest officials and state authorities have been struggling to contain it but the fire was eventually put out after two weeks with the help of rainfall and a hailstorm.
The clip has viewed almost 2 lakh times and gained over 7000 likes and people showered the clip with their prayers and wishes. One of the users wrote how beautiful the video was as it showed her connection with the forest.
What a beautiful video. Shows her connect with the forest. The woke climate activists are not a shadow on the real environmentalists like her.— kolkatatheke (@kolkatatheke) March 10, 2021
Another person applauded Dhal’s efforts and her love for her job.
The joy on her face is palpable. We need such officials in the Forest Department- who love their job and don’t see it as just one more avenue of employment. God may be kind this time. But, we need more Snehas to combat man – induced destruction of forest and wild life— sambit (@Sambit75Sambit) March 10, 2021
I salute to her enthusiastic exaggeration work for to protect nature.— SUDIP DAS (@SUDIPDA72017738) March 12, 2021
Absolutely raw, pure, emotion. Just shows how much dearly she loves her surroundings, work and nature as a whole. Kudos. As they say u never work when you love what you are doing. Simple superb !!— Mahesh Joshi (@dhantantan) March 12, 2021
Another concerned netizen wrote he never realized how much we owe to the forest officials.
Commendable job by the forest service officers. We don’t realize how much we owe them 🙏🙏🙏— Maitrey Pandya (@Maitrey_rms) March 10, 2021
People showered their love for the efforts of Dhal and other forest officers.
Love and respect, Mrs Sneha Dahl Ma'am. Much respect to you and other Forest Rangers. May God bless you.— StalinBhau (@by_toutatis) March 10, 2021
No limits for her happiness ,with great passion to nature super— Manohar (@Manohar88944027) March 13, 2021
A massive forest fire ripped through the Simlipal National Park in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district on Tuesday. The state government said 95 per cent of the fire points have been extinguished or attended to.
“The sustained proactive actions of the government and rigorous work by field staff has led to total containment of fire in Simlipal. Today Simlipal had only 26 FSI fire points & doused by field staff,” Sandeep Tripathi, the chief of the task force on forest fire Odisha informed on Twitter on March 9.