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Madagascar: National park of Kirindy Mitea devastated by a large fire

Madagascar: National park of Kirindy Mitea devastated by a large fire
The large fire that broke for two weeks last month in the national park of Kirindy Mitea 72,200 hectares, in the southwest of the island, has reduced to ash forests on more than twenty kilometres in length and environmental damage are considerable.

Several animal species, among other plant, and lemurs endemic mostly, were decimated during this disaster that started on August 19 in this national park of Kirindy Mitea, some 90 km from Morondava, following a banal bush uncontrolled fire.

The spread of fire was also facilitated by the removal of water from the main focus points to extinguish the nascent fire and archaic ways (buckets of water and carts) fire-fighting have been used by the local population and employees of the national park.

The park previously housed "11 species of mammals including 10 endemic the Big Island, 47 species, including 33 endemic birds and 23 reptiles all endemic of the National Park of Kirindy Mitea".

185 plant species also lived at the heart of this Sanctuary protected since 1997, including the mythical baobabs Andansonia grandidieri, as relates the newspaper the Express of Madagascar.

Antso Rajaona

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