Algerian government says wildfires raging during a blistering heat wave have killed 25 people and forced mass evacuations.

The Interior Ministry also noted that over 20 people were left injured as the fires raged through residential areas.

It was gathered that the fire started at Grouma on the Tablat-side, and it spread through Beni Malah and in the end it arrived at Bourebach, burning everything in its path. Some people lost everything.

The country had recorded 97 blazes across 16 provinces, fanned by strong winds as temperatures hit 48 degrees Celsius, 118 Fahrenheit in parts of the nation.

The Interior Ministry said 7,500 firefighters and 350 fire trucks were mobilised to fight the blazes, aided by aerial fire-fighting support.