Huge Wildfire Contained In Kenya’s National Park After 2 Days

The military used helicopters to douse the fire with thousands of litres of water.

Sohil Nikam

August 12, 2020

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Kenya’s Tsavo National Park has suffered great environmental loss owing to a huge wildfire that was finally contained after two days. The fire had started on Saturday afternoon and required the participation of hundreds of local volunteers and the military to extinguish. The Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) has blamed arsonists for the eruption of the wildfire, with the police saying they are investigating into the matter. Thousands of local and international tourists visit the location every year.

The Tsavo National Park in south-eastern Kenya happens to be the African nation’s biggest national park and is home to hundreds of animals such as lions, elephants and buffaloes. The military used helicopters to douse the fire with thousands of litres of water. The wildfire was reportedly only a few kilometres from another fire, which had broken out only a few days ago. The tragedy has occurred at a time when the Kenyan government is pushing for a resumption of the crucial tourism industry, which has lost around $1 billion due to COVID-19.

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