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Algeria is fighting its latest fires, the human toll is increasing

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Firefighters, soldiers and volunteers continue on Saturday to extinguish the last forest fires ravaging northern Algeria. Fires that have killed some 90 people since Monday, including 33 soldiers, according to reports from local authorities.

All the people mobilized to fight the forest fires in Algeria  continued, Saturday, August 14, to extinguish the latest fires raging in the north of the country . They have killed some 90 people since Monday, including 33 soldiers, according to reports from local authorities.

According to Algerian leaders, these fires are mostly of “criminal” origin and arsonists have been arrested.

Experts and witnesses nevertheless point to the lack of anticipation and prevention of the public authorities in the face of a recurring phenomenon every year in Algeria. In addition, these forest fires are currently intensified by extreme heat.   

The Ministry of Defense organized, on Saturday, two ceremonies to honor the 33 soldiers who perished while fighting against the flames, one at the military hospital of Algiers, in the presence of the chief of staff, and the ‘other in Constantine (northeast).

“These heroes sacrificed their souls for the homeland and to save their fellow citizens from the arson attacks in different regions of our country”, declared General Boualem Madi, Director of Defense Communication during a funeral oration, on the third and last day of national mourning.

Some 29 fires in progress

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune visited on Saturday the wounded, civilians and soldiers, hospitalized in Algiers, promising them to implement all the necessary means for their care.

In the absence of a new official global report, the reports reported by local authorities, Civil Protection and the Ministry of Defense show a total of some 90 deaths since Monday. 

“Civil Protection teams are currently working to extinguish 29 fires across 13 wilayas [prefectures]”, particularly in Tizi Ouzou, Jijel and Bejaïa, in Kabylia, a statement said. A hundred fires had been identified Thursday across the country.

“The helicopters of the Air Group of Civil Protection and the Army carried out 235 water bombardment operations, not to mention 172 operations by water bombers in Tizi-Ouzou, Béjaïa and Jijel”, added the Civil Protection .

Two French water bombers – made available by Paris via the European Union – as well as a liaison aircraft, intervened massively Thursday and Friday in Kabylia.

A Spanish water bomber arrived on Saturday and a second is expected in the next few hours, according to the official APS agency. A third device should be deployed soon from Switzerland, according to Abdelmajid Tebboune.

“We get help from everywhere”

A total of 43 homes have been extinguished across 20 prefectures in the past 24 hours. Nearly 7,500 Civil Protection agents are deployed with 490 fire fighting vans and three helicopters.

Five heavy MI-26 helicopters, of Russian origin, were also mobilized by the army. According to the specialized site Mena Defense, the Algerian army intends to buy eight Russian water bombers Beriev Be-200. Three of them were due to arrive in Algiers on Saturday, according to local media.

Russia has offered to make four water bomber planes available to Algeria, according to APS, which explains that “due to the lack of overflight permits from Greece and Cyprus”, their arrival was delayed. They should arrive on site “in the next few hours”.

The largest country in Africa, Algeria has only 4.1 million hectares of forests, with a meager reforestation rate of 1.76%. Every year, the north of the country is affected by forest fires. In 2020, nearly 44,000 hectares of coppice went up in smoke.

The fires that are increasing across the globe are associated with various phenomena anticipated by scientists due to global warming.

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July 2021 was the hottest month on Earth on record, according to US agency

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July 2021 is going down in history for being the hottest month on Earth in more than a century, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) said on Friday. The global surface temperature of the planet was 0.01 ° C warmer compared to the previous warmest mont

“Here, the first place is the worst”: the month of July 2021 is officially the hottest month on the planet Earth since the start of meteorological measurements in 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency said on Friday (August 13th) American (NOAA) .

“July is generally the hottest month of the year, but July 2021 has surpassed itself, becoming July and the hottest month on record,” the chief said in a statement. NOAA, Rick Spinrad.

“This new record adds to the worrying and disturbing trajectory on which climate change has put the globe,” he adds. 

The global surface temperature of the planet was 0.01 ° C warmer compared to the previous warmest month of July, in 2016 (on par with the months of 2019 and 2020).

The European Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S), for its part, estimated last week that July 2021 was the third hottest month of July on Earth.

It is common for agencies to have small differences in their data.

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Pregnant women are not getting vaccinated against covid-19

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Although pregnant women can be vaccinated against covid-19 for a few weeks, this process has not progressed at the expected pace. The Ministry of Health revealed the figures of pregnant women who have received immunization and only about 20 percent of the target population has applied at least one dose of the biological.

ccording to government records , as of August 10, 51,914 women had received a dose and 1,164 had the full schedule.

However, the target population is estimated to be 250,000 people.

The Ministry of Health recalled that the vaccine from the pharmaceutical company Pfizer is being applied to this population and the World Health Organization supports the studies that gave way to the immunization process in this group.

If they do not receive the immunization, they are at greater risk of contracting the virus and could have a premature delivery.

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