Tourists evacuated from Pescara as Italy records more than 800 forest fires | Italy

At least five people were injured and vacationers evacuated after wildfires ravaged a pine forest near a beach in Pescara, Italy, as the southeast engulfed the country with one of the worst heat waves in decades. Europe.

A five-year-old girl has been hospitalized, but her condition is not believed to be life-threatening, according to reports.

About 800 people were evacuated from their homes, including a nunnery, after a fire broke out in the 53-hectare (131-acre) Pineta d’Annunziana Nature Reserve, as fires continue to spread on various fronts.

“We had to evacuate many beach houses and resorts because of the smoke,” said Carlo Massi, the mayor of Pescara. “The biggest problem is the hot wind. We are doing our best to limit the damage.”

The Italian National Fire Service said more than 800 outbreaks were recorded this weekend, mainly in the south.

“In the past 24 hours, firefighters have carried out more than 800 interventions: 250 in Sicily, 130 in Puglia and Calabria, 90 in Lazio and 70 in Campania,” the service wrote on Twitter.

Wildfires have also broken out across much of southeastern Europe, including Spain, Greece and Turkey, which are dealing with one of the hottest heat waves in decades, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), forcing hundreds to evacuate.

Tourists evacuated from burning Mediterranean resorts as fires rage in southern Turkey - photo report
Tourists evacuated from burning Mediterranean resorts as fires rage in southern Turkey – photo report

According to EU data, this year’s fire season has been more devastating than average.

More than 200 people have been taken to safety from the seashore around Catania in Sicily, while dozens of villages have been evacuated in tourist hotspots to the south. TurkeyFor the fifth day, forest fires killed eight people.

Due to high temperatures and high winds – where experts say global warming is increasing the frequency and intensity of such fires – Turkey is experiencing its worst fires in at least 10 years, with nearly 95,000 hectares burned so far this year, compared to the average. ​13,516 at the same point in the years between 2008 and 2020.

CNN Türk reports that a neighborhood in the tourist town of Bodrum has been evacuated, as strong winds fanned flames from the nearby neighborhood of Milas.

The channel said that 540 residents who were unable to leave by land were taken to hotels by boat.

Forest fires were seen in the Antalya region, Turkey
Two people were found dead in the Antalya region while evacuating tourists from the Turkish resort. Photo: Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

People were also evacuated from the resort city of Antalya, and two bodies were found in that area on Sunday, bringing the death toll to eight.

The Turkish Defense Ministry published satellite images showing the extent of the damage, with forest areas turning black and smoke still visible.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has come under fire after it was found that Turkey does not have firefighting planes, even though a third of its land is forested and fires are increasing frequently.

On the other hand, a large fire broke out in the early hours of Saturday morning near Patras in the west Greece.

Five villages have been evacuated and eight people have been hospitalized with burns and respiratory problems in the area, which remains on alert.

It was described by Dimitris Kalogeropoulos, mayor of the neighboring village of Egyalias, as a “massive disaster”.

“We slept outside all night, afraid we wouldn’t have a home when we woke up,” a Lampiri resident told Greek TV station Sky.

in a Spain, dozens of firefighters backed by water-dropping planes were battling a massive fire that broke out on Saturday afternoon near the San Juan Reservoir, about 40 miles east of Madrid.

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