By | July 16, 2022

Europe scorching

A swathe of firefighters is fighting wildfires across Portugal, Spain and southwestern France under the sway of an extreme heat wave that has no sign of abating.

In the northern region of Portugal the pilot was killed when his waterbombing aircraft crashed into the Foz Coa area, near the Spanish border.

In the region of the France’s Gironde region, in which thousands of people are evacuated.

In the southern part of Spain close to close to the Costa del Sol, about 2,300 people fled a wildfire that was spreading through the Mijas hills.

Tourists enjoying the beach in Torremolinos witnessed huge flames rising up the hills. Several aircraft were fighting the flame.

Ashley Baker, a Briton who lives in Mijas in the southern part of Spain said to that the BBC the flames looked more dangerous on Friday, however, by the time it was over, the wind was blowing away from his home.

Planes are a the substance that is a fire retardant, while helicopters move between and to the coast collecting sea water to put out the fires.

“There are about 40 houses in our area, everyone was really nervous and standing outside or on balconies watching it,” Mr. Baker said.

“Even now there are fires at the top of the mountains. It moved away from here, I’m very relieved. When you live in the hills, it’s very scary – all the road signs are giving you updates all the time about extreme fire risks.”

In the meantime, close to France‘s southern-western Atlantic coast one local resident spoke of the forest fires as experiencing “post-apocalyptic”.

“I’ve never seen this before,” Karyn who lives close to Teste-de-Buch she told the news agency AFP.

The fire that is there and another one just south of Bordeaux have destroyed more than 10,000 acres (25,000 acres). About 3,000 firefighters are fighting the flames.

 

Christophe Nader and his son-in-law are currently in a shelter in Teste-de-Buch after being ordered to leave their home in the town of Cazaux and only their clothes. The man informed the BBC that he hoped to return there to save their cat. Hundreds of other people from the danger zone are in the shelter for the moment and have beds.

Animal rescues are organized from the aforementioned place However, it’s an inefficient process, as The BBC’s Jessica Parker reports.

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“Everything went so fast – the fire too, was big, big, big,” Manon Jacquart 27-year-old Manon Jacquart reported to the BBC. She was removed from the campsite she works at on Wednesday morning and was sleeping in an emergency shelter in La Teste-de-Buch, on France’s west coast.

“I’m just worried, I’m afraid… I’m trying to be as strong as I can but I’m not ok… I want to forget this week,” she added.

On Tuesday the temperatures shot up at 47C Portugaland over 40C across Spain and Spain, rendering the country saline and fuelling fires. Around 300 persons have perished from the heat across both countries, according to Spain’s Efe news agency says.

A Portuguese pilot who was killed was flying on his own in an amphibious Fire Boss amphibious plane.

 

Portugal’s hotspots for fires are in the east and north area of Porto. Fires have destroyed more than 30,000 acres (75,000 acres) of terrain this year, the largest amount in the last year’s summer in which Portugal experienced devastating fires, in which more than 100 people were killed.

Gemma Suarez, a Spanish farmer who was evicted by Casas de Miravete, sobbed when she spoke to Reuters the news agency “What is it like to be in the middle of nowhere. We’ve slept for the last two hours.

“A social worker came to see me to go pick up my elderly uncle. We spent the night in Navalmoral but we didn’t sleep at all. I have never seen such a big fire.”

Other regions that are part of Mediterranean are also affected. The problem is that in Italy it has been declared by the Italian government a state emergency in the dehydrated Po Valley – the country’s longest river. It is now nothing less than an occasional trickle certain locations.

Then, in Greece firefighters are fighting fires in the Feriza area, located 50 km (31 miles) south-east of Athens and in the vicinity of Rethymno located on the northern coastline of Crete. The evacuation of seven villages has been completed close to Rethymno.

Northern Morocco There were numerous villages had to be evacuated due to fires that swept through areas like Larache, Ouezzane, Taza and Tetouan provinces. One village was completely damaged located in the Ksar El Kebir area and at least one person was killed in a fire.

Francehas as well been experiencing hot temperatures of around 40C and is expected to get hotter next week as 16 departments are in orange alert for severe weather.

The president of France’s firefighters’ union has expressed concern about the effect global warming has on civil security. “It’s firefighters, civil security who deal with the effects on a daily basis – and these effects aren’t in 2030, they’re right now,” said Gregory Allione.

The frequency of heatwaves has increased and more intense, and are longer lasting due to human-caused climate changes. The planet has already warmed up by around 1.1C from the moment the industrial age began and temperatures will continue rising unless the governments of the globe make drastic cuts in carbon emissions.

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