Among the injured was a five-year-old girl, but her injuries are not seen as life-threatening, according to reports. Watchman. About 800 people were forced to evacuate from the popular holiday resort, including tourists and residents of a nunnery.
More than 800 fires broke out in Italy over the weekend, especially in the southern parts of the country.
“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 National Fire Service, Viglie del Foco, wrote on Twitter.
Turkey receives aid from the European Union
On Videos Black fire smoke could be seen billowing skyward in a densely populated area near the shoreline.
The heat wave in southern Europe – with temperatures above 40 degrees – is described as one of the worst in decades. Forest fires have also raged in Spain, Greece and Turkey, where several tourist resorts have been evacuated and eight people have so far been confirmed dead in the flames. Many large fires near the famous resorts of Marmaris and Antalya are still under control.
According to Aftonbladet, about 400 Swedes are believed to be in the affected area.
On Monday, the European Union said it would assist Turkey in the rescue and that the EU stood in solidarity with Turkey “during this very difficult time”.
Also in Greece, several villages have been evacuated and many people are being treated in hospitals for burns and breathing problems. 300 firefighters, two firefighting planes and five helicopters are working to put out a large forest fire near Patras, 200 kilometers west of Athens, which has so far destroyed about 20 homes and more than 3,000 hectares of pine forests and olive groves.
The temperature is rising
And the heat wave doesn’t seem to release the fist. The temperature in the Peloponnese peninsula, where Patras is located, is expected to rise to 45 degrees in the coming days. On Monday, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said it was the worst heat wave to hit the country since 1987.
AFP reported that a fire broke out on Sunday in Rhodes and destroyed large parts of the island’s electricity network. The fire was not brought under control on Monday, but the power grid is said to be working again and the situation is looking better.
– You see the flames reach the sky and are a little worried about what will happen, says David Lugren, who is on holiday in Faliraki in Rhodes, in order to Aftonbladet.
Forest fires also broke out in Finland. For a week, hundreds of firefighters have been battling the flames in Kalajoki in northern Ostrobothnia. The fire is said to be the largest in the country in 50 years and the firefighting work is expected to continue for several days to come.
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