Nepal, northern India battle worst forest fires in years


Nepal and parts of northern India are battling their worst forest fires in years that have devastated thousands of hectares of woodland, killed at least 18 people and sent a pall of smoke across the southern Himalayas that can been seen from space. In Nepal, 11 people have died while trying to fight fires that have razed 280,000 hectares (692,000 acres) of forest across the country, the worst in six years. “This year we have experienced a longer spell of dry weather and the temperatures have risen significantly, contributing to the disaster,” said Forest Ministry official Krishna Prasad Acharya. The…

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