Lebanon Battles Wildfires For Third Straight Day
Umer Jamshaid 2 months ago Fri 30th July 2021 | 01:40 PM
Beirut, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Jul, 2021 ) :Lebanon battled rapidly spreading wildfires for a third straight day Friday after they destroyed pine forests and threatened homes in northern areas.
"The fires were out of control in the Jabal Akroum" region which straddles the border, NNA said.
"The area affected by the fire expanded significantly overnight... approaching orchards, farmland and some homes evacuated by their residents," it said.
There is no official estimate of the size of the area affected.
The army deployed two helicopters early Friday to help douse the flames and more local volunteers joined the firefighting effort, NNA said.
The Red Cross treated one volunteer with breathing difficulties, it added.
George Abou Moussa of Lebanon's civil defence said firefighting teams were working to contain the blaze.
"But there are areas we can't reach," he told AFP.
According to Mortada, the cash-strapped government is looking for outside help.
The government's failure to contain devastating wildfires in October 2019 was one of the triggers of an unprecedented, nationwide protest movement against perceived official incompetence and corruption.