30 confirmed dead in southwest China forest fire

2 April 2019
2019-04-02 12:29

Thirty people have been confirmed dead after being reported missing while battling a raging forest fire in Muli County of southwest China's Sichuan Province, authorities said Monday. Twenty-seven firefighters and three locals went missing on Sunday afternoon after a sudden change in wind direction caused an outburst of the blaze, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.

As of 6:30pm on Monday, the bodies of all the 30 people have been located. Identification of the bodies and notifications of their families is still underway.   The blaze broke out at around 6pm on Saturday at a remote spot in the mountains. About 690 firefighters and two helicopters were sent to put out the fire. Another five helicopters will join in the operation on Tuesday, according to authorities.

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