October 20, 2021

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The fire spread to southern Europe, evacuating villagers and tourists

These countries around the Mediterranean face more heat and wilderness than usual, depending on the tourism revenue they lost due to the epidemic.

Turkey is currently experiencing the worst wildfires in at least a decade, with nearly 95,000 hectares burned since January, with an average of 13,516 in the area between 2008 and 2020.

Health Minister Bahretin Koka tweeted on Sunday that the death toll had risen to eight as the bodies of two people were found in the town of Manavkat in Andalia province. It is about a Turkish-German couple who were killed in a fire at their home, state news agency Anatolia reported.

Since Wednesday, 864 people have received medical treatment, the minister said.

At a Turkish resort called Bodrum, a neighborhood was evacuated as flames burned by strong winds.

More than 1,100 people were evacuated by boats, Mayor Ahmed Aras said Sunday, adding that the roads were impassable.

Other evacuations took place by boat in Marmaris, Mughal province, with the help of the navy, the defense ministry said.

111 Wildfires are now under control, but the fire continues to spread in Antalya, Mughal and Tunseli (eastern) areas, said Agriculture and Forests Minister Becker Bakhtemirli.

Temperatures are expected to remain stable even after reaching record highs last month. For example, it was 49.1ºC on July 20 in Cicero, Anatolia, in the extreme southeastern part of Turkey.

It is expected to rise to 40ºC on Wednesday in Antalya on Monday.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the target of criticism when it was revealed that there were no water bombers in Turkey.

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Turkey has been devastated by 133 fires so far in 2021, compared to an average of 43 between 2008 and 2020, according to data released by the European Union.

In Greece

In Greece, firefighters battled a blaze Sunday in the northwestern part of the Beloponnese Peninsula, near the city of Badras, in blazing temperatures.

Eight people were hospitalized with suffocation and burns.

Five villages were evicted. “The catastrophe is enormous,” said Dimitris Kalogoropolos, mayor of Aigialia, one of the villages near the fire.

According to the local newspaper Patrastimes, in the villages of Ziria, Kamares, Achaias, Labiri, nearly 30 houses, farm sheds and barns were burned, and entire fields of olive trees were destroyed.

“We slept outside at night and when we woke up we were afraid there would be no more a house!”, A resident of Sky Labyrinth on Greek television.

The seaside resort of Logos was also evacuated. Hundreds of residents and tourists were taken by port police Saturday evening to the port of Agio, a few kilometers from the village.

Nearly 13,500 hectares have been burned in Greece since the beginning of this year, with an average of 7,500 in this area between 2008 and 2020.

And Italy

Following the fire in Sardinia last weekend, Italy recorded more than 800 fires this weekend, mainly in the south of the country, firefighters said on Twitter.

“In the last 24 hours, firefighters have made more than 800 interventions: 250 in Sicily, 130 in Buglia and Calabria, 90 in Lazio (Rome) and 70 in Campania,” the tweet said.

And in Spain

In Spain, affected by a fire in a nature park on the Catalan coast near the Franco-Spanish border in mid-July, firefighters battled a fire near the San Juan Reservoir, 70 kilometers east of Madrid, this weekend.