One dead as forest fires rage in northern Morocco

  • Fires raging through northern Morocco have burned through 1,600 hectares of forest.
  • At least one person has died and more than 1,000 families have been evacuated.
  • Temperatures have risen above 45 degrees Celsius.

Fires that destroyed mountain forests in northern Morocco have killed at least one person and forced the evacuation of more than 1,000 families, officials said on Friday.

Due to strong winds, the fires that broke out on Wednesday destroyed 1,600 hectares of forest in the provinces of Larache, Ouezzane, Taza and Tetouan, authorities said.

“The body of a person suffering from multiple burns has been found” amid one of the flames in the Larache region, authorities said in a statement.

The rapid spread of the fires forced 1,100 families to flee some 15 villages in Larache, while some 645 other residents were evacuated in Taza and Tetouan provinces.

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Four Canadair planes were deployed by the army to water the fires.

They were joined by hundreds of civil protection and water and forestry personnel, as well as soldiers, police and volunteers.

One fire was extinguished and another was under control in Larache, according to provincial authorities.

The North African nation, which is struggling with severe drought, has been hit in recent days by rising temperatures approaching 45 degrees Celsius.

On the other side of the Strait of Gibraltar, fires are also raging in southern Europe, from Spain and Portugal to France and Greece.

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One dead as forest fires rage in northern Morocco

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