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  • Updated: July 24, 2023

Algeria: Wildfires Kill Fifteen, Thousands Evacuated

Algeria: Wildfires Kill Fifteen, Thousands Evacuated

Algeria Wildfire

According to Algeria's interior ministry, at least 15 people have died and thousands have been evacuated as a result of wildfires that have raged across the country.

On Monday, 97 wildfires erupted in 16 provinces, threatening forests, crops, and farmland.

Authorities said that 7,500 firefighters were working to put out the fires.

In addition, 26 people were injured, and 1,500 people were evacuated from their homes in Fenaia, Bejaia, Zbarbar, and Bouira.

Fires in the mountainous Kabylie region east of Algiers spread to residential areas in the coastal towns of Bejaia and Jijel, fanned by high winds.

Northern Algeria has recently experienced a record heatwave, with temperatures reaching 48 degrees Celsius.

Temperatures in several North African regions are up to 7 degrees Celsius above normal for the time of year.

The Algerian Meteorological Office has warned that temperatures of more than 48 degrees Celsius are likely to persist in the country's north until the end of the month.

Algeria's electricity consumption has reportedly reached the highest level in the country's history since the heatwave began.

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