Casualties in Sichuan forest fire rise to 30

30 firefighters have been killed as over 600 battle the blaze at an altitude of 3,800 meters above sea level


Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

BEIJING — The number of firefighters killed in a forest fire in China's south-west Sichuan province has climbed to 30, state media said on Monday.

Thirty people had gone missing after a forest fire which broke out Saturday in Muli – a Tibetan autonomous county – erupted again on Sunday because of a sudden change in the wind direction, the Ministry of Emergency Management said.

On Sunday, a total of 689 people were battling the blaze at an altitude of 3,800 meters above sea level, according to state broadcaster CGTN.

Copyright Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH (Hamburg, Germany)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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