Lebanon fights against forest fire

Lebanon has been experiencing unusually warm weather and a dry autumn that has been causing fires across the country.

Lebanon fights against forest fire

Residents of a Lebanese village began to flee on Sunday as a forest fire which has raged out of control for the past week threatened to engulf their homes.

Lebanon has been experiencing unusually warm weather and a dry autumn that has been causing fires across the country.

President Michel Sleiman travelled to the village of Fatri, 45 kilometres (30 miles) north of Beirut to inspect efforts to control the blaze, which has devastated 150,000 square metres (1.6 million square feet) of woodland.

A civil defence official said the emergency services were having to combat "numerous fires" in different parts of the country fuelled by tinderbox conditions.

According to the meteorological service, Lebanon has recorded just 51.2 millimetres (two inches) of rain since September, compared with 214.8 millimetres in the same period of last year.

Agencies

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