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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

13 army men killed fighting forest fire in Nepal

Kosh Raj Koirala – Asian Tribune Correspondent in Nepal

Kathmandu, 24 April, ( At least 13 Nepal Army personnel were killed on Thursday afternoon while fighting forest fire in Ramechhap district in central part of the country. Ramechap is about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of the capital Kathmandu

Public Relation Directorate of the state army said the army men died while trying to prevent the fire from engulfing a hospital located near the forest.

The soldiers from nearby Srijung Battalion were trapped from all sides after wind changed direction. The deceased were among 150 army personnel who had been fighting the fire.

Separate teams of Nepal Police and Armed Police Force were also engaged in the fire fighting.

The fire had raged in Srikhandanda located a kilometer west of the district headquarters. The fire had started from the southeastern part of the District Hospital located near the forest.

Security personnel were engaged in dousing the fire as it threatened to spread towards the hospital as well as the nearby Manbasti bazaar.

The fire that started 12 in the noon was brought under control at 3 pm. It is still unclear as to what caused the inferno.

Meanwhile, a team comprising Defense Minister Ram Bahadur Thapa and Defense Secretary Ganesh Joshi visited the incident site in the evening.

- Asian Tribune -

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