Helicopters extinguish remaining fires in Lebanon

  • Thursday 17, October 2019 07:21 AM
  • Helicopters extinguish remaining fires in Lebanon
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Firefighting helicopters and planes on Wednesday, October 16, battled what is left of wildfires that have been burning for two days damaging buildings and scorching forests throughout Lebanon.
The fires have swept across the country since Monday ,October 14, and started to fade out after heavy rainfall hit most affected areas. The flames burned swathes of forest and killed at least one person, prompting Beirut to deploy water cannons and to call on neighbouring countries like Cyprus and Greece for help.

In Damour, south of Beirut, a building for a local non-governmental organization Arcenciel caught fire on Tuesday (October 15). The head of the centre, Elie Zouein, said they have yet to assess the damages but their "loss is very big".

A civil defence official said earlier on Tuesday that 104 fires had broken out over the past 24 hours, and that residents had been evacuated from homes and buildings to minimize the toll.
The cause of the flames, which has spread from woods south of Beirut up to pine forests in the north, remains unknown, though some officials have blamed an autumn heatwave that hit the country in recent days.