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Vietnam loses 1,224 hectares of forest due to fire
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14:29, August 20, 2009

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The Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said that fires have caused damages to 1,224 hectares of forest in the country so far this year, up eight percent year-on-year, local newspaper the Labor reported Thursday.

Vietnam has recorded 235 forest fires so far this year, an increase of 18 percent compared to the same period last year, said the newspaper.

About 1,054 hectares of planted forests have been burnt in the country's northern mountainous provinces, according to the newspaper.

Source: Xinhua

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