A wave of fires have blazed through Southern India in the last fortnight. This satellite image, courtesy of NASA, shows the hotspots especially in the forests of the western ghats. Over 6,000 sq km of the Niligiris ecosystem, straddling Bandipur and Nagarahole, Mudumalai and Silent Valley, were among those affected. The cause is not known.
Photograph: courtesy The Hindu/ NASA