The fire that has been burning for a week In Turkey and Greece Tuesday, August 3 was still in progress. Many places in both countries were evicted. The European Union (EU) has sent three water bombers, two from Spain and one from Croatia to help Turkish officials put out the blaze.
Turkey has been experiencing the worst wildfires in a decade, with devastating forests and farmland, as well as populated areas along the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. In neighboring Greece, the heat wave, which is expected to reach 43 degrees Celsius this week in some parts, has reached an immeasurable level for more than thirty years.
Heat waves are a clear sign of global warming, scientists say, and these heat waves are set to amplify, lengthen and intensify.
“I can’t even say it’s fire.”
The fire was approaching a thermal power plant in the town of Milas in southwestern Turkey on Tuesday. “If we can’t stop the fire by aerial intervention (…), It goes towards the thermal power station. The situation is very serious. “, Monday evening, Milas Meyer, Mohamed Dokat, inside, panicked Video he shared on Twitter. By Tuesday afternoon, the fire was still out of control and over, Mr. According to Togot, “Important point”.
A group of Agence France-Press (AFP) in the Aegean city of Marmaris saw farmers taking their animals out of a burning barn and taking them to the beach. “One of my cows died. She burned. I have never seen anything like this. I can not even say it was a fire. It was like a bomb.”, Said Mevlut Tarim, a farmer living near Marmaris. Frightened tourists and villagers were evacuated by boat as high winds and heat spread the fire.
Temperatures above 40 degrees in several Turkish cities also led to record increases in electricity consumption, leading to power outages on Monday in major cities such as Ankara and Istanbul. Of the 156 fires that have occurred in a week in the country, nine are still active.
Before the EU announced aid, Turkey borrowed planes from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Iran by sending three water bombers. In recent years the country has felt the consequences of the gradual disappearance of its own fleet of Canadian aircraft.
The main opposition Republican People’s Party (Social Democratic Party) has criticized Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for destroying the infrastructure of a semi-public organization that had bombers in the past.
In Greece, there were about fifty fires in twenty-four hours
Marty, There was also Greece According to firefighters, new wildfires are said to be evacuating some areas, especially north of Athens, at the foot of Mount Burns and the Beloponnese, south of the country. According to firefighters, Greece faced fifty fires in twenty-four hours.
The Greek Civil Defense has sent a message of caution to residents of the Varanasi area, located on Mount Barnes. Firefighters recommended evacuating a portion of the area, approaching fire houses. As a precautionary measure, some media outlets reported that dozens of children had been evacuated from a nearby summer camp. In all, Greek firefighters said 350 firefighters, 70 trucks, five helicopters and five water bombs were piled up in the range.
Three villages were evacuated in a fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon, south of the Peloponnese peninsula, about 300 kilometers from Athens. On the island of Kos, in the Dodecanese archipelago, in the Aegean Sea, firefighters also fought wildfires.
There have been numerous fires across the country since last week: Beloponnese, where 3,000 hectares were destroyed last weekend before the fire was brought under control on Sunday evening. Another fire on the tourist island of Rhodes has been burning wildly since Sunday, with firefighters battling to contain it.
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