Gorillas flee bush fires

KAMPALA - Hundreds of animals, including rare mountain gorillas, are fleeing Uganda and Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo after raging bush fires at the weekend.

KAMPALA - Hundreds of animals, including rare mountain gorillas, are fleeing Uganda and Rwanda to the Democratic Republic of Congo after raging bush fires at the weekend.

The fires started on Sunday on the Rwandan side of the mountainous bamboo-forested enclave straddling the three states. The ecological zone is home to the world's 720 remaining mountain gorillas.

The fires soon spread to the Ugandan side of the park and "the gorillas are fleeing to the Congo side of the mountain range", the New Vision newspaper reported.

Efforts to control the fires during the dry season and affecting most parts of Africa were hampered by an acute shortage of water, the newspaper quoted ecologists as saying. - Sapa-dpa

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