Published: 2019-10-16 17:14
Last Updated: 2019-10-16 17:31
The Lebanese government announced on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, that fire-fighting crews have brought under control most of the dozens of fires that swept large swathes of land in Lebanon.
The Central Operations Room overseeing the effort to put out an estimated 140 fires across the country said in a statement that work is still underway to extinguish minor blazes in a number of regions.
It said that one fatality was recorded, 89 people were injured of suffocation and 18 others were evacuated to hospitals, but there were no precise figures about the damage as fires are still raging.
The statement noted that Jordan answered a Lebanese Interior Ministry request for help, offering two fire-fighting helicopters that landed on Tuesday evening at the Rafic Hariri International Airport.