Tunisia: Forest Fires - Aug 2017
On the 31st of July, a fire outbreak in Jendouba Governorate (North-West region of the country)
the delegations of Ain Draham and Fernana resulted in the destruction of houses displacing around 500 persons, with the families currently being in a very vulnerable situation without any shelter. From that date forest fires extended to other Governorates in Tunisia, particularly in Bizerte. (IFRC, 10 Aug 2017)
On 5 August, Tunisia requested assistance from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) consisting of two aerial firefighting assets. (ECHO, 5 Aug 2017)
On 9 August, according to Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC) team on site, the fire was extended to affect considerably the region of Bizerte (North region of the country) in Sejnane and Ghezala delegations. More than 120 families have been evacuated and placed in a transitional shelter managed by TRC. The situation worsens and an emergency operation is in progress. (IFRC, 10 Aug 2017)
Description of the disaster On 31 July 2017, a fire broke out in Jendouba Governorate (the North-West region of Tunisia), particularly affecting the delegations of Ain Draham and Fernana, resulting in the destruction of houses and displacing around 500 persons, leaving them in a very vulnerable situation without any shelter.
Central, eastern and western regions
CAUSE OF DISPLACEMENT
More than 391,000 new displacements between 11 and 20 August
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Several large forest fires are burning in the areas of Jendouba, Kassérine, Sfax and Béja comprising of a burnt area of 4 496ha.
On 5 August, Tunisia requested assistance from the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) consisting of two aerial firefighting assets.
The Copernicus EMS has been activated to provide satellite maps for the area of Jendouba.
Local media reported that at least 23 families have been evacuated from Jendouba.