At least 26 dead in Algeria forest fires

Source: BBC

At least 26 people have been killed and dozens more injured in forest fires that have devastated northern Algeria.

Kamel Beldjoud, the country’s interior minister, said 24 died in El Tarf, near the border with Tunisia, as well as a mother and daughter in Setif.

Firefighters, supported by helicopters, were still trying to contain several blazes on Wednesday evening.

Reports say some 350 residents have been evacuated in various provinces.

Helicopters are being used to dump water on the flames.

Algeria suffers from wildfires every year, but the problem has been exacerbated by climate change.

A Russian water bomber plane chartered by the Algerian authorities has broken down and is not expected to be in service again until Saturday.

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