DAR ES SALAAM — Tanzania’s army has deployed hundreds of troops to help firefighters who have been battling a blaze on Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, for almost two weeks.
Tanzania’s National Parks Authority says the fire has destroyed hundreds of hectares of the mountain’s forests. Tanzanian tour operators and porters worry their trade will dry up if the fire is not soon brought under control.
According to a statement from Tanzania’s People’s Defense Force Tuesday, the troops have already joined efforts to fight the fire in Mount Kilimanjaro national park.
The statement said the army will fully cooperate with other stakeholders to prevent further damage to the park.
The fire broke out October 21 in Karanga Camp, an area located about 4,000 meters above sea level.
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