Langtang Park grapples with leaping flames

Nuwakot, March 13:

A fire that broke out yesterday in the Langtang National Park has destroyed hundreds of hectares of forest in the protected area.

According to park officials, forests in Haku, Dhunche, Syafru, Khopang, Yarsha and other areas have been completely destroyed by the wildfire.

Park staffers, police and army personnel have been trying to bring the fire under control,

according to Bed Khadka, assistant warden of the park.

However, the effort not yielded yet due to strong wind,” Khadka said, adding that the fire was out of control.

He also said the fire had destroyed several species of endangered flora and fauna in the protected area lying at the border of Nuwakot, Rasuwa and Sindhupalchowk districts.

“We cannot estimate the loss yet,” Khadka added.