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Tanzania mobilises over 600 firefighters to put out fire on Mt Kilimanjaro

Dar es Salaam, Oct 24 (IANS) Tanzanian specialists have prepared in excess of 600 firemen to extinguish a fire on Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s most elevated mountain, an authority said.

Nurdin Babu, the Kilimanjaro provincial chief, told Xinhua news organization in a phone interview that the firemen have been drawn from the Tanzania Fire and Salvage Power, the Tanzania Public Parks, police, scouts, individuals from the local army and the confidential area.

The fire broke out on Friday night at around 4,000 meters height on the south side of the mountain and was immediately spread areas of strength for by, said Babu.

“We are trusting that the fire will be contained by this evening by the 600 or more solid group of firemen,” he said, adding that the reason for the fire and the harmed caused were at this point to be laid out.

He expressed at first there were plans to demand the Tanzania Nation’s Protection Powers (TPDF) to help in battling the fire however the plans were dropped after reports demonstrated that there was great advancement in extinguishing the fire.

On Saturday evening, Babu said he flew over the mountain with a group of specialists for ethereal study to survey harm brought about by the fire however the mission was sliced short because of weighty smoke and terrible climate.

“We made one more endeavor on Saturday night and figured out how to see impacted regions,” he said, adding that there were no detailed setbacks.


In October 2020, a fire broke out on the mountain and obliterated 95.5 square km of vegetation and 12 cabins, two latrines and sun powered gear utilized by sightseers getting over the mountain.

Mount Kilimanjaro, with its snow-covered top with around 5,895 meters above ocean level, is one of Tanzania’s driving vacationer locations.

Around 50,000 adventurers from across the world endeavor to every year arrive at the highest point of the mountain.

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