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Wildfires In Algeria Kill Dozens, Force Hundreds To Flee Homes

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Wildfires raging across Algeria during a blistering heatwave have killed at least 25 people and forced mass evacuations, the government said on Monday (Jul. 24.)

Over 20 people were left injured as the fires raged through residential areas the interior ministry noted.

In the Bouira province, this Zbarbar resident recalls how the fire started. β€œIt started to burn at around 2 p.m., just down from the military school,” Boualam Ferhat says.

“I called the fire brigade and I told them that the fire had started nearby. They got there half an hour later but in the meantime the fire had really spread.”

The house of Ali Saibi, another Zbarbar resident, has been partly destroyed: “We lost my air conditioner, my windows burned and many other things,” he says.

“The fire started at Grouma on the Tablat-side, and it spread through Beni Malah and in the end it arrived at Bourebach, burning everything in its path. Some people lost everything.”

The north African country recorded 97 blazes across 16 provinces, fanned by strong winds as temperatures hit 48 degrees Celsius (118 Fahrenheit) in parts of the nation.

The largest and deadliest fires ravaged parts of Bejaia and Jijel β€” in the Kabyle region east of Algiers β€” and Bouira, southeast of the capital.

The President on Monday (Jul. 24) expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased, both civilian and military.


Written by: Kevin Nwabueze

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