Over a dozen Al-Shabab fighters killed in US airstrike
The wildfire comes as the breakaway region was reeling from the massive fire that consumed Waheen Market which wiped an estimated two billion dollars worth of property in April.
HARGEISA, Somalia - A massive forest fire broke out in the mountainous Sanaag region under Somaliland on Sunday that razed down the terrain, elevation, pasture, and dense vegetation.
Somaliland authorities said a lack of resources such as helicopters to fight the fire is making it difficult to bring the blaze under control. The pictures taken from the site show the fire on Gaacish mountain spreading to the entire forest.
A resident said the tragedy began on Sunday afternoon at around 5 p.m. local time with a small fire spotted in the village of Gaacish that later started to spread rapidly to the forest by the winds.
Somaliland officials in the region did not report any casualties so far but the damage from the fire is said to be so extensive and devastating. The situation is still out of control, said the villagers.
Keydmedia Online's correspondents in Somalia reported that the wildfire destroyed the most fertile farming region which is located on the border between Puntland and Somaliland regional states.
The wildfire comes as the breakaway region was reeling from the massive fire that consumed Waheen Market which wiped an estimated two billion dollars worth of property in April of this year.
Al-Shabaab continues to pose a threat to the country's security and entire East Africa as the group raids Kenya, Ethiopia, and Uganda.