Nepal Today

Thursday, April 23, 2009

13 army personnel killed (BREAKING NEWS)

By Bhola B Rana

Kathmandu, 23 April: At least 13 army personnel attempting to contain a forest fire around Ramechap district hospital were killed Thursday afternoon.
The hospital is atop a pine hill which caught fire in Nepal’s dry season in recent years..
Attempts are continuing to pull out bodies and control the fire, an army spokesman said.
There could be more casualties.
Rescue teams are being flown by helicopter to the district from the capital, the army said..
The fire started at one in the afternoon [7.15 GMT].
Fire engulfed the fire fighters from atop the hill as the teams were going to the hilltop.
It takes 20 minutes to reach Ramechap by helicopter from the capital.
Forest fires have been raging for more than one month destroying forests even in the Himalayan region for the first time.


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