Firefighters fight to contain the Kilimanjaro blaze | Global development


A huge fire broke out on Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak and a key attraction for tourists to Kenya and Tanzania.According to the Tanzanian national park authorities, the fire broke out on Sunday afternoon and is not yet under control.

A brief press release published on Twitter by Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa) said the fire broke out in Whona, a pit stop for climbers using the Mandara and Horombo routes.

“Several teams including residents, students and local firefighters are currently trying to [out] fire. Tanapa will continue to take all precautions to ensure the safety of all visitors and their equipment, ”said Pascal Shelutete, Assistant Commissioner of Communications at Tanapa.

It is not yet known what caused the fire and if anyone took the affected road when it broke out. Shelutete has promised to issue a full statement as soon as more information becomes available.


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