Simien Mountains Flora, Fauna under threat as fire remains out of control

Simien Mountains _ Fire _ Ethiopia
Fire expanding in Simien Mountains National Park
Photo credit : AMMA

The Fire that is raging Simien Mountains is not still under control, according to a report by Amhara Mass Media Agency (AMMA) on Sunday.

Eye witnesses who traveled to the scene to support the effort to put out the fire rather it has spread to extensive area.

The labour intensive method to fight the fire is proven to be ineffective that nearly four days after it happened the fire is rather expanding to more areas in the Simien Mountains.

Federal government intervention to rescue Ethiopia’s majestic mountain chain with its endemic animals, which is one of the major tourist destinations in the country, is not happening.

It has been four days since authorities disclosed the problem. Causes of it is not yet established but authorities seem to believe that it is an act of arson.

So far 342 hectares of Simien Mountain land forest destroyed by the fire, according to authorities in the region who are in charge of the park.

If more time is wasted to deploy air spray and other forms of effective fight fighting mechanism, one of the highest mountain peaks in Africa, Ras Dashen, could lose its flora and fauna.



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