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Tanzania: Mt Kilimanjaro still in flames


The wild Mt.Kilimanaro flames are still raging even as fire brigade and volunteers give their all to contain the hungry flame which is at some 2700 metres above sea level.

The fire has since destroyed several acres of moorlands and as of Monday evening 2100Hrs local time there were over 400 firefighters , trying to quench the fire.

Pictures taken from Himo showed the flames raging on one of Tanzania’s best tourist destinations despite authorities claims that it would not affect tourism.

Tapana’s communication official Pascal Shelutete confirmed that despite the day long efforts, the team has not been able to put out the flames which could be seen from a 30km radius.

” As I speak the fire is still on but we are working around the clock but we haven’t been able to put it out, despite the increase in the number of personnel,” said Shelutete.

Earlier on Monday Kinapa’s Angella Nyaki told the press that a team of fire fighters which included volunteers, police, scouts, and students had reached the scene.

“The problem is that the fire was huge causing a large area to be burnt due to the strong winds but we are doing our best to limit its spread,” said Ms Nyaki.

Though the cause of the fire is yet to be established but source that have worked close to Kinapa say the constant cause of fires on the mountain has been smoking and poaching activities.

October 2016 a fire erupted around Shira at an altitude of between 3500 and 4000 meters burning over 3200 acres of mountain vegetation.

In January 2012, another outbreak hit the mountain when people harvesting honey failed to contain the little fire they had started.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa SADC News


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