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Festival ritual causes forest fires in Cao Bang

Update: April, 20/2015 - 13:19
People try to put out a fire. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Liem

CAO BANG (VNS) — Two forest fires broke out in the northern Cao Bang province yesterday, allegedly caused by residents burning paper for their ancestors during the traditional Thanh Minh Festival, or Tomb-Sweeping Day.

The second fire was reported at about 5pm in the area around Suoi Cun Hydropower Plant in Hoa An District, which destroyed more than 5ha of a pine forest.

Another blaze broke out in Tan Giang Ward in Cao Bang City, in which about 1ha of a pine forest was destroyed.

The municipal forest protection department head Hoang Phuong Vy said the negligence of the residents in burning paper and incense caused both fires. — VNS

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