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Italy and Greece, the countries in southern Europe most affected by fires this summer

Italy and Greece, the countries in southern Europe most affected by fires this summer

Italy and Greece are the most affected countries, in terms of burnt surfacedue to the fires that broke out at the end of July in several Mediterranean countries, both in southern Europe and in northern Africa.

In Italy, the worst is yet to come. the island of sicily, where in the last two days 700 hectares of wooded area have burned in 338 fires, causing damage worth 60 million euros, according to a first estimate of the local Civil Protection. To these we must add another 200 million, quantified by the agricultural sectorcoinciding with the heat wave that left temperatures above 45 degrees.

In Sicily, at least 700 hectares of forest burned due to 338 fires in recent days

Yesterday they were still active about thirty firesAlthough the situation has improved in Messina province, while in Mandanici it is “under control”. However, several families have seen their homes destroyedhectares of forestry heritage were burned and lighting, telephone and water systems were damaged by the flames.

In Palermo, The fires are also continuing and since this Thursday firefighting planes have been flying over the wooded area of ​​Altofonte. Meanwhile, the Fico valley has been burning for two days, but firefighters ensure that at least that fire is under control.

In the same province, the flames did not spare the Segestan Archaeological Park, whose surroundings were calcinedthough luckily they didn’t damage the Greek temple and theater.

Fires in Rhodes, Corfu and Evia continue out of control in Greece

Greece is the other southern European country most affected so far this summer, with large fires throughout its territory and new outbreaks in the interior of the country, while the flames in the islands of Rhodes, Corfu and Evia They continue out of control.

The front that most worries the authorities at the moment is the one that started this Wednesday five kilometers west of Volos, in central Greece, as threatens the industrial zone of this city 150,000 inhabitants: last morning it was necessary to evacuate at least nine coastal towns.

According to the Minister of Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Vasilis Kikiliasa total of 594 fires were suffered in Greece during the last ten days and, in addition to damage to property and the environment, have so far left five fatalities.

Around 19,000 people had to be evacuated from the island of Rhodes

In Rhodes, some have already burned 16,000 hectares of forestSeveral houses were set on fire and an unquantified number of animals died, while 19,000 people (7,000 of them tourists) had to be evacuated.

In Euboea, a large front was revived on Wednesday night around to the seaside town of Karistowhile in Corfu, in northwest Greece, another massive forest fire continues to burn out of control.

Spain also faces several fires in July, although, so far, they didn’t reach the marauders last year’s levels: one of the last to become extinct on the peninsula was that of Santa Colomba de Curueño (León) on Thursday morning; while in the archipelago Canary it was left stabilized which was declared on Tuesday at the Gran Canaria summit.

So far, fires in Spain have not been as severe as they were in 2022

However, firefighting teams work against the reactivation of the fire that started in the island of palm on the 15th of July and which is back on fire in the Parque Nacional do Caldeira de Taburientein an area of ​​difficult access.

In North Africa, the Algerian authorities confirmed control of all fires which have particularly affected the Kabyle region and which show a balance of 34 dead and over 300 injured.

And in Tunisia, this Thursday, the Spanish Emergency Military Unit (UME) considered the last active outbreak under control. Indeed, the UME, together with two extinguisher planes from the Spanish Air Force, participated in extinguishing the flames in the Tunisian province of Tabarka.

This North African country has registered, since Monday, 14 outbreaks in eight regions with at least one fatality. There, The Malloula forest is the hardest hit due to its location, facing the sea, in an area exposed to strong winds and high temperatures that have already exceeded 50 degrees in various parts of the territory.

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