At least 19 people killed in China forest fire

Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha / Xinhua . Chengdu | Published: 16:01, Mar 31,2020


Firefighters battle a forest blaze in Xichang in China’s southwestern Sichuan province early Tuesday, March 31, 2020. — AFP photo

At least 19 people died while battling a forest fire in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, local authorities said on Tuesday.

The victims include 18 firefighters and a local forest farm worker who led the way for the firefighters. They were trapped in fire due to a sudden change in wind direction at around 2:00am on Tuesday.

The fire started at a local farm at about 3:51pm on Monday and quickly spread to nearby mountains due to strong winds, according to the information office of the city of Xichang.

Over 300 professional firefighters and 700 militiamen were sent to the rescue on Monday.

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