While Cape Town residents battle the rain and flooded roads, another contingent of 200 South African firefighters embarked on a journey to assist Canada in combatting unprecedented forest fires.
This altruistic act is a rare display of aid from a developing nation grappling with its own challenges as reported by Jacaranda FM.
This group constitutes the second batch of 200 firefighters being dispatched to the North American country, where approximately 17,800 square miles of forest have succumbed to flames since the beginning of the year, surpassing previous average figures due to climate change.
At the beginning of the previous week, the initial team of over 200 South African firefighters had already been deployed to Alberta, Canada’s province.
The decision to send aid was made in response to an urgent appeal from the Canadian forest fire agency, as confirmed by South Africa’s Ministry of Forestry and Environmental Affairs.