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Tunisia: Forest Fires - Emergency Plan of Action Final Report (30 March 3018)

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Description of the disaster On 31 July 2017, a fire broke out in Jendouba Governorate (the North-West region of Tunisia), particularly affecting the delegations of Ain Draham and Fernana, resulting in the destruction of houses and displacing around 500 persons, leaving them in a very vulnerable situation without any shelter.

After 31 July, the forest fires extended to other governorates of Tunisia, particularly to Bizerte (the North region of Tunisia). Hot winds from the south aggravated the situation enabling easy spread of fire and widespread destruction.

The fire strongly affected the region of Bizerte, particularly in Sejnane and Ghezala delegations. In that region, more than 120 families were evacuated and placed in a transitional shelter managed by Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC).

Summary of response

Since the beginning of the fires, Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC) mobilized 10 staff and around 120 volunteers to provide assistance and services to the affected communities. On 10 August 2017, CHF 106,491 were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 1,000 beneficiaries, living in Jendouba Governorate (delegations of Ain Drahem and Fernana) and Bizerte Governorate (delegations of Sajnene and Ghezala).

After detailed needs assessment conducted in collaboration with local authorities and civil protection, Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC) responded by distributing non-food items and food to 400 people in Jendouba and 600 in Bizerte, and by conducting education interventions for the affected communities on fire safety, prevention and response.