The unprecedented bush fires, recently sweeping across the bone-dry veld and bush of the Central African Federation, have caused widespread damage.
The unprecedented bush fires, recently sweeping across the bone-dry veld and bush of the Central African Federation, have caused widespread damage. Southern Rhodesia has been particularly badly affected. Over 3 million acres of valuable grazing land have been devastated, threatening the lives of thousands of cattle, and the livelihood of farmers.
Fire-fighters have been at work for weeks now, increasing their efforts at night when it is cooler and the fires do not spread so easily. Cattle have been herded into areas, kept safe from the flames. Large clearings have been made in the bush, and thousands of acres deliberately burnt in an effort to control the fires.
It is currently the hottest time of the year in this part of the world, Daytime temperatures reach 100 degrees in the shade. Normally there is some rainfall during October, but so far this year, there have not been the usual October storms. Cattle losses are expected to reach 30,000 head, even if the rains come soon.