Algeria forest fires: Dozens killed in Kabylie region
More than 100 fires have been reported across 17 Algerian provinces, the country's official news agency APS said on Tuesday evening.
At least 25 Algerian soldiers and 17 civilians have been killed in wildfires to the east of the capital Algiers, the country's prime minister has said.
Several more soldiers were injured fighting the fires, in the forested Kabylie region.
Temperatures of up to 46C were forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Fires have caused devastation in several Mediterranean countries in recent days, including Turkey, Greece, Lebanon and Cyprus.
Climate change increases the risk of the hot, dry weather that is likely to fuel wildfires.
Forest fires in Algeria killed 42 people, including 25 soldiers deployed to help put out the blaze, as thick clouds of smoke covered much of the mountainous Kabylie region east of the capital https://t.co/1yKsfTzVz4 pic.twitter.com/PlRQjKJvbE— Reuters (@Reuters) August 11, 2021
The world has already warmed by about 1.2C since the industrial era began and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions.
President Abdelmadjid Tebboune paid tribute to the soldiers who were killed, tweeting that they had succeeded in rescuing more than 100 people from the mountains of Bejaia and Tizi Ouzou.
Interior Minister Kamel Beldjoud said that about 50 of the blazes were "of criminal origin".
Earlier this week, a major UN scientific report found that human activity was changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways.
The landmark study warned of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade, but scientists say a catastrophe can be avoided if the world acts fast.