Heat wave in Europe: fires in Greece, Turkey, Italy and Spain | In some towns they evacuated all residents

a heat wave In the northern hemisphere caused a series of fires In southern Europe, the areas most affected are the northwest of the Peloponnese: Greecesouthern Turkey NS Italy A tourist center near Madrid, in Spain.

in a Greece, reported the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), The number of hectares affected by the fire reached 13,511 hectares. “The catastrophe is enormous,” said Dimitris Kalogeropoulos, mayor of Aygialias, one of the villages near the fire in the Peloponnese peninsula.

This region, which lives mainly from agriculture, is one of the hardest hit by the heat wave affecting Greece since Friday, with temperatures reaching as high as 44 degrees.

And although there are no official figures yet on the damage caused, according to the press, the fire has devoured entire olive groves in the town of Ziria. There, eight people were taken to hospital Breathing problems and burnsAccording to the Civil Protection Services.

“We slept outside, afraid we wouldn’t have a home anymore when we woke up!” a resident of the village of Lapiri told Greece’s Skai TV.

In the coastal town of Logos, the park had to be evacuated and the local police had to relocate a hundred residents and tourists to the port of Aegyo, a few kilometers away.

Early Sunday morning, nearly 300 firefighters, with 77 trucks, two water-propelled grenade launchers and five helicopters, were still battling to put out the flames. “The current situation is better than Saturday” and firefighters managed to save “a hundred properties,” said Citizens Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochodis, who went to the scene to assess the damage.

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Although most lamps turn off quickly, 58 wildfires have been reported in the Peloponnese since Saturday, due to heat wave and dry forests. A few days ago a fire destroyed Mount Bentley near Athens.

in a Turkey, a neighborhood in the resort town of Bodrum was evacuated as strong winds fanned flames from nearby Milas. Some 540 residents were transferred to hotels by boatCNN reported, which shows photos provided by the Turkish Defense Ministry with vast forest areas blackened and still smoking.

Turkey experiences the worst fires in nearly the last decade 95,000 hectares burned this year, when the average between 2008 and 2020 at that time was 13,516 hectares.

in a Italy, they managed to control more than 800 fire sources In just 24 hours, after the heat wave, whose temperatures also exceeded 40 degrees, caused droughts in the south of the country. Cities were hardest hit Catania Bari and Palermo.

“In the past 24 hours, firefighters (water-launching aircraft) have carried out more than 800 interventions: 250 in Sicily, 130 in Puglia and Calabria, 90 in Lazio and 70 in Campania,” the Italian firefighters said on their Twitter account. They explained that “the work of the teams continues in Catania, Palermo and the Syracuse region.”

Moreover, this weekend, The fires have destroyed more than 20,000 hectares of forest and olive trees in Oristano, Sardinia.

in the meantime, Northern Italy records strong storms with hail. As reported this Sunday by the National Union of Farmers, Coldiretti, “In Lombardy, in the Como region, in Lario, in the Leno region, there are crop losses of up to 80% in the olive groves of the companies.”

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“This is only the last quarter of a summer that has so far seen 789 severe events including hurricanes, hailstorms and violent storms across the peninsula,” the union said.

in a SpainMeanwhile, dozens of firefighters backed by aircraft are battling a fire that broke out on Saturday afternoon Near the San Juan Reservoir, 70 kilometers east of MadridA very popular place among the locals.

Although the firefighters indicated that the fire was brought under control at night, local authorities asked residents not to approach the place as a total of 50 hectares was damaged.

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