World News: Nepal Experiences Its Worst Wildfire Season; Schools Shut For 5 Days

Nepal has been hit with one of its worst wildfires in a decade. As a result of the pollution caused, schools have been shut for 5 days. Read

Aboli Vaze

April 9, 2021

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Nepal is currently facing its worst wildfire season in almost over a decade. As per the reports, huge fire flames are raging across the country’s forests, burning down the vegetation with it. The reports also claim that Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is completely covered with grey smog and its air quality is one of the worst in the world right now. Watch the news video below to find out more details about Nepal’s wildfires.

As per the reports, more than 2700 wildfires have been reported in Nepal since November 2020. However, this season’s wildfire is 14 times greater than that of last season. Reports also suggest that many international flights have been delayed due to the thick smoke.

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Last week, the government of Nepal had ordered all the schools to be closed for the next five days, keeping the situation in mind. This step taken by the government forced millions of students to stay at home across the country. Health division officials also urged the citizens to stay inside their homes, except in case of an emergency.

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While speaking on this matter, an entrepreneur from Nepal, Hema Rai said, “I have only seen such heavy pollution for the first time in my life. I have never seen it reach this level before. The visibility is very poor and we cannot see even a little far away from us. We can go out only with mask and glasses but it does not give enough protection”.

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Another Nepal resident, Biraj Bhatta said that he has a headache, burning eyes and weakness due to pollution. He shared that commuting has been very difficult in the city.

The climate experts have said that the situation in Nepal is ‘pretty dire’. They also warned that there could be more wildfires in Nepal because the winters there are becoming drier as a result of climate change.

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