Monday, August 7, 2017

'Lucifer' Heatwave Leads To Massive Wildfires




Wildfires sweep Corsica and southern Europe




  • Firefighters continue battling flames across southern Europe as wildfires spread in Corsica and in Spain
  • Comes as the deadly heatwave dubbed 'Lucifer' is blamed for the deaths of five people in Italy and Romania
  • Fires have already destroyed about 5,000 hectares on the island of Corsica and continue to wreak havoc
  • French authorities have ferried further firefighters and trucks from the mainland to help battle the forest fire 

Firefighters continue to battle wildfires across southern Europe amid a deadly heatwave that has already killed five people.  
The deaths in Italy and Romania have been attributed to the extreme conditions since the heatwave, dubbed 'Lucifer', set in around the start of August.   
Meanwhile, fires have already destroyed about 5,000 hectares on the island of Corsica and continue to wreak havoc. 
French authorities have ferried firefighters and trucks from the mainland to help battle a forest fire that has been raging for three days.
The regional authority for southern Corsica warned Friday that the fire has spread north and it could take several days to extinguish the blaze on the Mediterranean island.
Some 70 new firefighters and 15 vehicles were sent Friday from the mainland, but the regional authority said rough terrain and exceptionally hot, dry weather is complicating efforts.


This time the fire has touched material goods like cars but an exact figure on how much has been destroyed is still to be announced 








A number of cars are pictured having been destroyed by the fire sweeping across parts of the island of Corsica 




Dramatic images show roaring fires engulf parts of the island as firefighters desperately try stop the spread of the flames 





Scientists have warned that deaths due to extreme weather in Europe could increase 50-fold from an estimated 3,000 per year recently to 152,000 by the end of this century




Residents of Vilardevos village observe a forest fire in Verin where authorities activated 'situation 2' alert due to the closeness to population centers and main roads


Europe on fire: A forest fire rages in Ourense, Galicia, northwestern Spain on Friday as southern Europe braces itself for days of temperatures above 104F






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