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Forest fires: 7 people killed in Tizi Ouzou and Setif

The forest fires that broke out in several provinces of the country since yesterday, Monday, have killed 6 people in the province of Tizi Ouzou and another (01) in the province of Setif, according to a new toll issued by civil protection services today, Tuesday.

The head of the Information and Awareness Office at the General Directorate of Civil Protection, Captain Bernaoui Nassim, indicated that since yesterday, Monday, 36 forest fires have been recorded at the national level, including 19 in the province of Tizi Ouzou, affecting more than 13 municipalities, noting that the same services “recorded 66 fire spots in the forests of this province”.

According to the same source, “an intervention was made to protect Ain al-Hamam Hospital from the flames,” not to mention that “significant losses in vegetation cover were recorded, while the process of evaluating the effects of these fires is still ongoing.”

In addition to Tizi Ouzou, several forest fires were recorded in some other provinces (Jijel 4 fires), Setif, Bejaia and Annaba, two fires (02) in each province, plus one fire (01) in Tebessa, Blida, Bouira, Boumerdes, Guelma and Khenchela.

Civil Protection services have mobilized “considerable means” to control these fires and prevent their spread by mobilizing 900 agents, 12 mobile teams and 200 fire trucks in the province of Tizi Ouzou alone.

Earlier, the directorate announced on its official page on Twitter that its services are currently working to extinguish 31 forest fires across 14 provinces: Tizi Ouzou, Jijel, Bouira, Setif, Khenchela, Guelma, in addition to Bejaia, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Boumerdes, Tiaret, Medea, Tebessa, Blida and Skikda.

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