According to a “provisional report” from the interior minister of the nation in north Africa, wildfires burning in the woods of eastern Algeria have claimed the lives of 26 individuals.
The majority of casualties were located in the wilaya, or region, of El Tarf, close to the northern Algerian-Tunisian border. Of the 24 individuals discovered there, eight were on a public bus that was caught off guard by the flames as it was traveling through a hilly area.
On national television late on Wednesday, Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud said that two individuals had died in the Setif area, which is located approximately 185 miles (300 kilometers) east of Algiers.
He mentioned that since the beginning of August, flames had destroyed 3,200 hectares (more than 12 square miles) of trees and brush, including 39 fires that erupted on Wednesday alone in 14 districts, including 16 in El Tarf.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune sent a telegram of sorrow expressing his support for the victims. He stated that the relatives of those killed in the wildfires or whose homes were damaged will “receive recompense” and that the Algerian government will utilize “all human and material resources” to put a stop to the blazes.
33 troops were among the 104 persons killed by the devastating wildfires last year. Algerian authorities chartered a firefighting plane from Russia for three months at the middle of June.