Wildfires that have devastated parts of southern Europe have ravaged the Spanish and Greek countrysides and forced around 1000 people from their homes on Sardinia, an Italian island.Officials are still assessing the extent of the damage, though an estimate of the burned area is approximately 20,000 hectares.
Artissu stated that most of the fires were put out, and they are now working to prevent them from starting again. The region has deployed over 7,500 personnel and 20 aircraft to combat the flames in recent days. Italy also received assistance from neighboring countries. France and Greece sent four planes to help put out the flames. Between Sunday and Monday, hundreds of forest fires erupted in Greece. More than 700 firefighters were deployed to control the situation.
Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitchells stated Monday at a cabinet meeting that around 50 firefighters had been fighting fires in the country over the past 24 hours. He also stressed that more could be coming after meteorologists warned that the heatwave would continue.
Droughts are becoming more frequent and more severe in southern Europe, and environmental authorities have warned that the region is at the greatest risk from the impacts of climate change on the continent.
The fires have not spared the Iberian peninsula. Fires are raging through Catalonia in the northeastern corner Spain. Conca de Barbera, Anoia and more than 1,700 ha have been set on fire. However, the situation was 90% stabilized Monday by forces on the ground. They were made up of 95 crews and 280 troops with six aircraft.
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