38 Dead And Dozens Injured In Algeria's Forest Fires

At least 38 people have been killed and dozens more injured in the devastating forest fires that have ravaged northern Algeria.

Firefighters seen trying to control the blaze in Setif
Firefighters seen trying to control the blaze in Setif

Algeria's interior minister, Kamel Beldjoud, said that 24 people had been killed near the border with Tunisia in El Tarf, as well as a mother and daughter in Setif.


Local media reports claim at least 200 others have suffered from respiratory problems and burns.



Firefighters were still working to contain several fires, while being supported by helicopters, on Thursday morning. The mother and daughter who were two of the victims that were killed in Setif have not yet been named, however, authorities said fires had reached dozens of homes and numerous villages.


The devastation caused by separate forest fires in Tizi Ouzou, northern Algeria
The devastation caused by separate forest fires in Tizi Ouzou, northern Algeria

Officials said that 39 fires were burning in various parts of northern Algeria, and they warned that hot winds were likely to spread the flames further.


El Tarf was the worst hit area according to The Civil Protection Agency, which said the city had 16 fires currently burning.


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