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Kenya leads efforts to contain fire in 'Roof of Africa'

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Kenya leads efforts to contain fire in 'Roof of Africa'
Kenya leads efforts to contain fire in 'Roof of Africa'

A Kenyan firefighter helicopter has been throwing water over a huge blaze which has been raging in Ethiopia's Simien Mountains National Park - a Unesco world heritage site famous for its endangered foxes, goats and baboons.



It was deployed after Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed asked for international help to extinguish the fire which has been raging for about a week.

The 220 sq-km (84 sq-miles) park in Ethiopia's highlands is sometimes called the "Roof of Africa" as it forms the largest continuous area of elevation on the continent.

Ethiopia's ministry of culture and tourism spokesman Gezahegn Abate told the BBC that the helicopter did five rounds on Sunday, throwing water on the inferno. It will continue doing so today.

Mr Gezahegn said an Israeli team of experts also arrived on Sunday to offer advise on how to contain the fire, and prevent similar incidents in future.

Ethiopia's government is convinced that the fire - the second one this month - is "man-made" and an investigation is under way to establish who is behind it, Mr Gezahegn told the BBC.

The government has not yet determined the extent of damage caused by the fire on wildlife, but "we think none of the endemic animals were killed," he said.

According to Unesco, the park is home to rare animals such as the Gelada baboon, the Simien fox and the Walia ibex, a goat found nowhere else in the world.

Source: bbc

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