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Algeria government covered 60% of losses from forest fire

Firefighters try to extinguish a forest fire [Yassine Gaidi/Anadolu Agency]

The Algerian government has covered 60 per cent of the losses incurred due to forest fires that erupted in the Tizi Ouzou province last year, EnnaharOnline reported yesterday.

The government’s effort included planting olive trees and fruit trees, in addition to trimming trees.

So far the government has planted 97 per cent of the 29,508 olive trees planned as well as 56 per cent of 34,458 fruit trees.

Forty-eight forest fires, ten of which were classified as “significant”, were recorded in mid-July. One person died and two were wounded as a result of the fires.

As a result, authorities setup the Natural Disaster Fund and the Local Authority Solidarity Fund in an effort to provide emergency relief to help those affected by fires that ripped through 17 provinces.

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