(Algiers) Most of the forest fires in northern Algeria appeared to be under control on Friday, particularly in the hardest-hit Tizi Ouzou region in Kabylia, authorities said.
Posted on Aug 13, 2021 at 9:11 am
However, following the announcement that “all forest fires in Tizi Ouzou have been extinguished this morning”, civil defense reported “five outbreaks” in this Wilaya (prefecture).
According to the latest civil protection report, firefighters and volunteers continue to fight 35 fires in 11 other prefectures, including Jijel, Bejaïa and Boumerdès.
A total of 76 fires – out of a hundred recorded on Thursday – were extinguished in 15 prefectures across the country.
Two French firefighters intervened in Kabylia on Thursday and three more water bombers were expected from Spain and Switzerland on Friday, according to President Abdelmadjid Tebboune.
At least 71 people were killed in these fires – according to the authorities of “criminal” origin – aggravated by the extreme heat.
On the second day of state mourning decreed in honor of the victims, a prayer is said for the absent deceased immediately after the great weekly Muslim Friday prayer in the mosques in Algeria.