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Forest fires in Italy: rescue workers deployed across the country


Extreme weather conditions in Italy: While rains cause flooding in the north, numerous fires are raging in other regions. Drought and heat favor the spread of the flames.

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Fire fighting plane in Sardinia


Alessandro Tocco / dpa

In Italy, the rescue workers continue to fight numerous forest fires across the country.

The civil protection authority announced that the support of fire-fighting planes had been requested 34 times.

The inquiries came from Calabria in southern Italy, Latium - where the capital Rome is - and from the islands of Sicily and Sardinia.

The authorities could not send planes to three fires.

There the fire brigades had to fight the flames on the ground.

Most fires are caused by careless or malicious behavior, the agency added.

The fire brigade was deployed nationwide in 240 bush fires.

Flames have raged on the holiday island of Sardinia since last weekend and caused great destruction and damage amounting to millions.

On Thursday evening, the local fire brigade reported new sources of fire in the province of Oristano in the west of the island.

Kilometers of fire in Sicily

In southern Italy, the fire brigade reported dozens of missions that evening.

A tent camp was evacuated in Scanzano Jonico in the Basilicata region.

In Sicily, fire fighters in Agrigento stood in front of a fire front five kilometers long.

In the area around the city of Palermo, the rescuers went out more than 40 times in connection with the fires.

Drought, heat and sometimes strong winds in the past few days favored the spread of the flames.

In contrast, it looked completely different recently in northern Italy.

Heavy rain caused floods and landslides there.

The provinces around Lake Como in Lombardy were badly affected.

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Source: spiegel

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