Botswana loses 1.3m hectares to veldt fires

Summer brings a higher fire hazard
Summer brings a higher fire hazard

FRANCISTOWN: Botswana has lost over 1.3 million hectares of land due veldt fires since the beginning of the year, compared to only 300 hectares last year.

National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) director, Moagi Baleseng said this when speaking at a two-day national disaster risk reduction preparedness conference which kicked off here yesterday.

Baleseng said that increasing amounts of biomass in most parts of the country were fuelling the increase in the number of hectares affected by veldt fires.

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