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World fires... the Mediterranean basin is burning amid a severe heat wave

World fires… the Mediterranean basin is burning amid a severe heat wave

Meanwhile, the United Nations Climate Panel published a report on Monday that said greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are high enough to warrant climate disruption for tens if not hundreds of years.

intense heat wave

The countries of the Mediterranean basin, from Turkey to TunisiaThe United Nations Climate Committee warned this week that the world was dangerously close to overheating.

The Tunisian capital has recorded record temperatures during the past two days, about 49 degrees Celsius, according to the Meteorological Institute.

As for Greece, it is suffering from the worst heat wave in 30 years.

In Italy, specifically on the island of Sicily, the highest temperature in the history of Europe was recorded, reaching 48.8 degrees Celsius, which is higher than the previous record of 48 degrees Celsius recorded in Athens, Greece in 1977.

Forest fires are raging

in GreeceAnd for the tenth day in a row, today, Thursday, exhausted firefighting teams continue to try to stop the fires raging across the country.

About 20 villages in the Peloponnese were evacuated, but Olympia The ancient site, the site of the first Olympic Games, survived the fires.

About 580 Greek firefighters are battling the fires raging in Gortinia, near Olympia, with the help of colleagues from France, Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic, according to Reuters.

Flames still erupt in me Evia, the second largest of the Greek islands, located off the east of AthensIt witnessed some of the worst devastation caused by fires in the past week.

Prime Minister described Kyriakos Mitsotakis He described the situation as a “terrifying summer” and apologized for the failure to deal with some of the fires that reached more than 500 fires across Greece.

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General mourning in Algeria

In the south of the Mediterranean, specifically in AlgeriaThe Algerian government has deployed army forces to help fight the most intense fires in the forest areas in the north of the country, which have killed at least 69 people, including 28 soldiers.

The most affected area was Tizi Ouzou The largest centers of the Kabylie region, where houses were burnt, and the population fled to seek refuge in hotels, youth hostels, and accommodation for university students in nearby cities.

And the Algerian news agency quoted the Public Prosecutor of the Tizi Ouzou Judicial Council, Abdelkader Amrouche, as saying, yesterday, Wednesday, that the number of victims of the fires, which broke out on Monday in the state of Tizi Ouzou, reached 69 dead, including more than 20 soldiers, and hundreds of wounded. and injured.

The agency also quoted the Director-General of Forests, Ali Mahmoudi, as confirming that out of a total of 103 fires that broke out in 17 provinces, since last Monday, 86 have not yet been extinguished, including 30 major fires in Tizi Ouzou.

The president announced Abdel Majid Taboun 3 days of public mourning for the dead and a freeze on state activities unrelated to the fires.

Italy.. heat, wind and fires

Fires destroyed in the south Italy Thousands of acres of land where temperatures have reached levels well above 40 degrees Celsius.

The Italian meteorologist reported that a record temperature was recorded on the date of Sicily and Europe, and reached 48.8 degrees Celsius.

Hot winds contributed to the spread of flames and the continuation of fires.

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Firefighters said on Twitter that they had carried out more than 3,000 operations in Sicily and Calabria in the past 12 hours and deployed seven aircraft to try to put out the flames.

Turkey..fires and floods

and tightened Turkey Also, nearly 300 wildfires in the past two weeks have destroyed tens of thousands of acres of forest, but only 3 wildfires had been reported as of late Wednesday, according to Reuters.

But Turkey’s northern coast faces a different challenge: flood Caused by unusually heavy rain that destroyed a bridge and cut off electricity to a number of villages.

Fires in Siberia and California

And forest fires are not limited to the Mediterranean region. Other regions have suffered from the spread of fires, such as Siberia in eastern Russia and California in the western United States.

The state of CaliforniaThe second largest wildfire in its history as of late last Sunday.

The fire, dubbed the “Dixie” fire, engulfed nearly half a million acres.

The Associated Press reported that the bushfiresDixieAt least 1,000 buildings were destroyed, including 550 residential buildings.

Either in Siberia, The forests are still burning, and the US space agency “NASA” said that smoke plumes have reached areas North Pole nearby.

According to RIA Novosti, by midnight on August 8, there were 174 forest fires burning in Russia Covering an area of ​​more than 1.5 million hectares, its extinguishing operations have continued actively.

The Forest Protection Authority announced that the largest area of ​​forest fires was recorded in the Republic of Yakutia, which is currently burning 90 fires on an area of ​​about 1.4 million hectares.

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