Wildfires caused by high temperatures and dry weather have killed at least seven people in Algeria, the interior minister said Tuesday.
Photos posted on social media show huge walls of flame and puffs of smoke towering over the villages in the wooded hills of the Kabylia region, east of the Algerian capital.
Algeria is the last Mediterranean country to be hit by wildfires after wildfires engulfed Greece, Turkey and Cyprus.
Meteorologists said the air temperature on Tuesday will reach 46 degrees Celsius and the country is also experiencing severe water shortages.
Fires were reported in several locations in 14 districts, 10 of them around Tizi Ouzou, one of the most populous cities in Kabylia.
Interior Minister Kamel Beljoud told television that the fires have claimed the lives of seven people, including six in the Tizi Ouzou area and one in Setif.
The urban centers of Buira, Setif, Khenchela, Helma, Bejaya, Borj Boo Arreridge, Boumerdes, Tiaret, Medea, Tebessa, Blida and Skikda have also been hit by fires, the Civil Defense Authority said on Twitter.
Large fires have also been reported in Ait Yenni, Azazga, Jijel and Yakuren.