Monday, September 27, 2021

Algeria’s wildfire death toll climbs to 65

Algeria’s wildfire death toll today climbed to 65 people, including 28 soldiers as the president declared a three-day mourning.

The government has deployed the army to help fight the fires, which have burned most fiercely in the mountainous Kabylie region, and 28 of the dead are soldiers, with another 12 critically injured with burns.

 

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune said his North African nation would enter a three-day period of mourning starting tomorrow to honour the victims.

The worst-hit area has been Tizi Ouzou, the largest district of the Kabylie region, where houses have burned and residents fled to shelter in hotels and hostels in nearby towns.

 

Forest fires have set large parts of Algeria, Turkey and Greece aflame over the past week, and a European Union atmosphere monitor said the Mediterranean had become a wildfire hot spot aided by increasingly hot weather.

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