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Affected countries: Tunisia
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…
Affected countries: Chile
Wild fires started in the central provinces of the country in November 2016 (ONEMI, 8 Nov 2016). By mid-December, 49 wild fires were recorded across the regions of O’Higgins, Maule, Biobío, Valparaíso, y Metropolitana (Gov't of Chile, 16 Dec 2016). Beginning on 15 January 2017, forest…
Affected countries: Russian Federation
Between 12-15 April 2015, due to the extremely dry weather, high air temperatures and heavy wind in the territory of Republic of Khakassia located in the South Siberian part of Russia, a massive forest fire covered a large territory of 38 settlements. 30 people were killed and 5,000 affected; about…
Affected countries: Chile
A massive wildfire started on 12 Apr 2014 and burned through Chile’s Valparaiso city. Over 800 houses were destroyed and more than 12,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Twelve people were killed according to the reports of the mayor of Valparaiso city. The city experienced massive power…
Affected countries: Benin
On 6 January, a fire outbreak in the village of Alloya destroyed hundreds of houses and displaced almost 3,000 people. Dusty hot winds from the Sahara Desert continue to worsen the situation. (IFRC, 19 Jan 2013)
Affected countries: Sierra Leone
The risk of fire increased as a result of the dry Hamatan wind that blew across Sierra Leone in January 2013. Several villages in the Northern and Southern Provinces were affected by fire disasters between 2-28 Jan, destroying 279 houses and making 450 families (2,257 individuals) homeless. Plastic…
Affected countries: Ecuador
Ecuador experienced 2,912 wild fires between June and September 2012, with an average of 26 large-scale fires per day. Three deaths were reported and over 15,000 hectares of land were incinerated. On 13 Sep, the Government declared an orange alert in eight of the country’s provinces through…
Affected countries: Chile
On 29 Dec 2011, a forest fire was reported in the Biobío region, affecting the communes of Quillón and Florida, province of Ñuble. The fire rapidly spread due to high temperatures and favourable wind conditions. More than 500 persons were evacuated from the area as the fires consumed more than…
Affected countries: Australia
On the weekend of 5 and 6 February 2011, two major bushfires affected metropolitan Perth. One fire occurred in the suburbs of Roleystone and Kelmscott, south-east of Perth, while the other happened in the north-east. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation, 7 Feb 2011) Sixty-eight homes were…
Affected countries: China
A wildfire in Dao fu County, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Garze, Sichuan Province razed more than 33 hectares, killing at least 22 people. Another four were seriously injured. (OCHA, 7 Dec 2010) The fire that raged for about 24 hours on a plateau grassland was finally extinguished on 6 December…
Affected countries: Israel
On 2 December 2010, a wildfire swept through the Carmel mountain range in Israel, raging for nearly 82 hours. The fire came under control by 6 December, claiming 42 lives and injuring 33. (OCHA, 06 Dec 2010)
Affected countries: Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
On 18 August 2010, the government of Bolivia declared National Emergency due to the burning of 1,5 million hectares. The government asked for aid to Brazil and Argentina to get hydroplanes and extinguish the wild fire. (Government of Bolivia, 19 August 2010) Authorities from Brazil, Chile,…
Affected countries: Russian Federation
Unusual and long heat waves with temperatures peaking at 40 Celsius in the shade caused around 30,000 wild fires in more than 20 regions of the Russian Federation during the summer of 2010, engulfing several thousand hectares of land and killing more than 50 people. Thousands of people were…