Update / videoAlmost all forest fires in Turkey are now under control. Thousands of firefighters were able to contain 122 of the 129 fires in 35 counties, according to a government spokesperson. The fires that broke out since Wednesday have claimed eight lives so far. Forest fires also ravaged Greece and Italy.
Fires that are not yet contained are particularly dangerous in the cities of Bodrum, Marmaris and Manavgat on the southern coast. Many people have to be evacuated there, including by sea. About 180 people have been injured so far.
Thousands of firefighters are working to fight the fire. Drones and 45 helicopters have also been deployed to fight the fires. However, the Turkish government has been criticized for not having firefighting planes that can spread more water over a wider area. Russia, Iran, Ukraine and Azerbaijan are helping with firefighting aircraft, among others. Turkey is said to have rejected an offer of assistance from Israel.
The European Union also took part in the rescue operation and sent three firefighting planes, one from Croatia and two from Spain. Turkey itself has asked for help. The country is a member of the European Civil Protection Mechanism (RESO). When a country cannot deal with an emergency, it can seek help there. “The EU stands in solidarity with Turkey,” Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic said. “We are ready if more help is needed.”
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In the province of Antalya several Dutch vacationers are evacuated. According to the Dutch foreign ministry, eight Dutch nationals were involved. The spokesman said they have continued their vacation elsewhere in the country.
Turkey’s southern coast has been ravaged by dozens of forest fires since Wednesday. This is the deadliest fire in years. More than 300 people have been infected so far and need medical treatment. According to official data, nearly 95,000 hectares of forests have already been turned to ash this year. On average, nearly 13,500 hectares have been burned since 2008.
Forest fires have also devastated parts of Greece. On the Greek island of Rhodes, many residents are experiencing power and water cuts due to a forest fire that broke out on Sunday afternoon. The village of Psynthos in the Valley of Butterflies, a tourist attraction on the western side of the island, and the Kalamonas military camp, has been evacuated. Residents of Maritsa and Kallithea were asked to leave their village at 3:30 am on Monday.
The fire started around noon on Sunday between the villages of Soroni and Tholu and spread throughout the area. Local media reported that the fire was still raging in the Kalamonas district. Forty firefighters fight the flames with the help of reservists and volunteers. They receive air assistance from a firefighting plane and three firefighting helicopters. More help is on the way from Crete.
According to the Greek authorities, the fire in Rhodes is almost under control. Partly because more firefighters are deployed, things are going in the right direction. The governor of the southern Aegean islands, George Hatzimarkos, said that “the first objective, which is to protect human life, has been achieved”. The governor added that the damage to the electricity network has also been repaired.
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A forest fire in Ziria in the Achaia region of the Peloponnese has now been brought under control. About 300 firefighters are battling the flames with five firefighting planes, seven firefighting helicopters and dozens of fire engines.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis says the heat wave in Greece is the worst since 1987. On Monday, it turned 45 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. There has been an official heat wave since Thursday. According to forecasts, the peak temperatures will be on Monday or Tuesday.
Conditions are the same in 1987, when it was very hot for several days. At that time, thousands of people died due to heat and smog. For the rest of the week it will still be well above 30 degrees and sometimes 35 degrees in many places in Greece.
In the Italian town of Pescara, on the Adriatic coast, people fled the beach on Sunday when they saw smoke and fire rising from a nearby pine forest. Five people were injured and taken to hospital after trying to put out the fires that reached their homes.
The fire service in Italy is riddled with wildfires, especially in the south of the country. Firefighters have had to go out 800 times in the past 24 hours. In Sicily alone, the fire brigade had to go into action 250 times. A fire outside the eastern port city of Catania has forced the local airport, popular with tourists, to temporarily close. The police boat transported about 150 people trapped in the flames near Catania to safety.
According to the region’s government, some fires were lit. Authorities expect the highest level of fire danger in eastern and northern Sicily on Saturday, with temperatures approaching 40 degrees. The heat wave is expected to continue throughout the week.
Forest fires are also raging in the southern regions of Puglia, Calabria and Campania, and in the Lazio region, which includes the capital, Rome. was previously Sardinia Island Already hit hard.
Southeast Europe is devastated by the intense heat. He. She Mercury rises to nearly 45 degrees in the coming days In Turkey, Greece, Sicily and others. The reason is the south wind that brings hot air from the desert.
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