Scenes of desolation in Algeria, which already has at least 38 dead and more than 200 injured in the devastating forest fires that are wreaking havoc in the north and east of the country, in the midst of a heat wave with temperatures of up to 47 degrees.
Thirty of those killed, including 11 children, perished in the eastern El Tarf region, near the Tunisian border. The Government has promised to mobilize all available human and material resources. Army and civil protection fight against the flames with the help of firefighting helicopters.
In August last year, fire swept through 100,000 hectares of forest in Algeria, claiming the lives of at least 90 people.
The Government then promised harsh penalties for those responsible, as well as providing the country with more resources. However, it has not acquired any new tanker aircraft. An agreement with Spain for the purchase of several fire-fighting devices was canceled due to the political crisis between the two governments.