At least 26 people have died in forest fires in 14 provinces of Algeria. Algeria’s Interior Minister said. Dozens are also injured.

Deaths occurred in the eastern cities of Setif and El Talf, close to the Tunisian border. Currently, there are about 39 fires in 14 prefectures.

Local media footage shows hundreds of families having to leave their homes. Citizens lawyers also speak of several people suffering from severe burns and breathing problems.

About 106 fires have broken out in Algeria since early August, destroying 800 hectares of forest and 1,800 hectares of firewood. At least 30 people have died in the country this summer. Every year, the northern part of the country is severely affected, but in recent years this phenomenon has become more frequent due to the effects of global warming.

Source: vrt

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