Kenya's president set fire Saturday to 105 tons of elephant ivory and
more than 1 ton of rhino horn, believed to be the largest stockpile ever
destroyed, in a dramatic statement by this East African country against
the trade in ivory and products from endangered species.
Uhuru Kenyatta put a flame to the biggest of 11 pyres of ivory tusks and one of rhino horn in a chilly afternoon. Overnight torrential rains had threated to ruin the event but stopped midday leaving a mud field around the piles inside Nairobi National Park.
With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in
India, officials said they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of
the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that
have killed nearly 80 more people.
The eastern state of Bihar this week took the unprecedented step of forbidding any cooking between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., after accidental fires exacerbated by dry, hot and windy weather swept through shantytowns and thatched-roof houses in villages and killed 79 people. They included 10 children and five adults killed in a fire sparked during a Hindu prayer ceremony in Bihar's Aurangabad district last week.