WorldTunisia: Forest fires devastate 1,100 hectares, exploding 22 mines

Tunisia: Forest fires devastate 1,100 hectares, exploding 22 mines


AA / Kasserine (Tunisia)

Efforts continued in Tunisia on Tuesday to put out forest fires in the governorates of Kasserine (west) and Bizerte (north), which devastated about 1,100 hectares of trees, and caused the explosion of 22 mines without make victims.

The head of the general directorate of forests under the Regional Commissariat of Agriculture in Kasserine, Yamen Haggui, told the Anadolu Agency that “the fire which broke out at Mount Semmama was completely brought under control on Tuesday”.

And the local official added “Another fire broke out this afternoon in the heights of the El Ayoun delegation (Kasserine governorate), where the services of the general directorate of forests and civil protection, are working. to master it ”.

Haggui said that “the fire which broke out on Sunday at Mount Mghila is still ongoing and fire extinguishing operations are being carried out to prevent its expansion into residential areas.”

“Kasserine has lost significant and inestimable forest wealth, compared to the areas devastated by fires which reduced to ashes 1,100 hectares (one hectare is equivalent to 1,000 square meters) of forests of Aleppo pine, laurel, juniper and Alfa ”, underlined the head of the general directorate of forests in Kasserine.

And Haggui added: “The forest fires in Kasserine caused the explosion of 22 mines; 17 mines at Mont Mghila and 5 at Mont Semmama, without causing any loss of life ”.

At dawn on Tuesday, a huge fire broke out in the forest of “Demna” located in the town of “Metline” under the governorate of Bizerte, which required the intervention of Civil Protection units, to try to control it and prevent its expansion into nearby homes, according to the correspondent of the Anadolu Agency.

Efforts are also being made to extinguish the fire which has broken out since Monday in the “Nadhour” forest in Bizerte.

The outbreak of such fires is due to a significant rise in temperatures for several days in Tunisia, approaching 49 degrees in some regions, according to the National Institute of Meteorology (government).

Many countries have struggled for days to put out the fires that have broken out in their forests, and some of them are receiving help from other countries.

* Translated from Arabic by Majdi Ismail

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