Forest fire destroys plantations in Myanmar’s Yangon region

YANGON, May 1 (Xinhua) — A forest fire has destroyed over 100 acres ( 40.5 hectares) rubber and bamboo plantations in Yangon region, according to the country’s Fire Services Department late on Tuesday.

The forest fire broke out at a rubber farm in Potethinnyo village in Hlegu township of the region on Monday afternoon.

The fire occurred due to scorching sun heat in the rubber farm and the blaze spread to bamboo plants inside the farm.

The fire, which lasted for more than six hours, was put out by 160 firefighters using three fire engines.

No injuries to human and animals were reported yet.

Hlegu is a small town which is about 45 km northeast of downtown Yangon and is located on both sides of the Ngamoyeik Chaung River.

Source: Xinhua Net

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