Coordination cell set up in wake of Jendouba fires ( Mseddi) | Tunisia News Gazette

Coordination cell set up in wake of Jendouba fires ( Mseddi)

A coordination cell was set up to monitor efforts to extinguish the fires that spread in the governorate of Jendouba, the Prime Minister’s Communication Officer Mofdi Mseddi told TAP on Monday evening.

The cell is made up of representatives of the ministries of Defence, Interior, Health, Agriculture and Public Works and Housing.

Premier Youssef Chahed tasked the Defence and Interior Ministers with monitoring on the spot how the situation is developing and instructed to use every means available to put out fires and provide needed support to locals in stricken areas, Mseddi said.

The Army will also step forward to help civil protection units, notably through planes, he indicated.

Over 14 fires that have been devastating for few days now the areas of Ain Drahem and Tabarka (governorate of Jendouba) went out of control, Regional Director of Civil Protection Mounir Riabi told TAP.

The blazes, though no casualties were reported, still pose a threat to communities there. 165,000 people are living in the forests of Jendouba that lie over 120,000 ha; the burnt area extends over 300 ha.

Source: TAP News Agency

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