Forest fires in Sardinia and southern France, Italy asks countries for help | abroad

VideoItaly enlisted the help of other European countries in fighting major forest fires in western Sardinia. On Sunday, Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio said firefighting aircraft could help. France has already sent two planes.

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25-07-21, 21:35

At night from Saturday to Sunday, 400 people had to leave their homes due to the fires. Hundreds more residents of the affected area had to be evacuated on Sunday. Wildfires are burning near Coogler, among other places. The village of Senarlu, north of Cogliari, has been completely evacuated. Buildings were damaged and farmers lost crops and livestock in the fire, according to local media, but there were no reports of serious injuries or deaths.

Firefighting helicopters and hundreds of firefighters and volunteers are engaged in forest fires.

No casualties so far

Incidentally, more than a thousand firefighters and other relief workers have been deployed in southern France to fight a large forest fire. They get help from firefighting planes.

The area that caught fire between Narbonne and Carcassonne. So far, about 8.5 square kilometers have caught fire. As high voltage lines were also affected, blackouts occurred in various places in France, Spain and even Portugal on Saturday. The network company RTE reported that about 100,000 households in France were affected by this.

There were no reports of casualties so far.

Photo taken by the same fire brigade in Sardinia. © via Reuters

Locals watch a forest fire in southern France from a distance.

Locals watch a forest fire in southern France from a distance. © AFP

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