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    Thousands of hectares of forest destroyed by fire in Cuba.
    Thursday, August 12, 2010 10:12 PM

    HAVANA, Aug. 12, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) — All together 5,711
    hectares of forest in Cuba have been burnt down by fires from January to
    May, said official sources here on Thursday.

    Economic losses inflicted by these forest fires are estimated at 7.6
    million pesos (8.2 million U.S. dollars), according to the sources.

    Raul Gonzalez, chief of the Cuban national ranger corps, said the fires
    were mainly caused by "human actions, such as use of fire as an
    agricultural tool to clean land, negligence of smokers and sparks from
    vehicles and agricultural machinery."

    Besides human errors, Cuban officials from the National Fire Department
    said risk of forest fires was increased by deficient rainfall in the
    months known as the drought season.

    The drought also had an impact on Cuban agriculture and led to water
    rationing in Cuba.

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