Homes evacuated in Tuscany due to wildfires, destruction of nearly 2,000 hectares of farmland in Crete | the heat

The Mediterranean is still reeling under the heat. In Italy, the fire brigade succeeded in bringing several residents to safety due to the large wildfires in Tuscany. Thousands of olive trees have been destroyed by fires on the Greek island of Crete.

A fire broke out in the Tuscany region of central Italy, Monday evening, in the municipality of Massarosa, north of Pisa, according to the fire service. According to the Tuscan Civil Defense, northeast winds continued to fan the flames throughout the night, threatening homes as well. About thirty people were evacuated. A bridge to traffic between Lucca and Viareggio has been closed several times. Three helicopters and two planes support the firefighting of the 12 fire brigades on the ground.

On the island of Crete, intense fires have in turn destroyed large tracts of farmland south of the port city of Rethymnon. Mayor Giannis Tatarakis told Greek news channel Real FM. So far, he said, more than 1,850 acres of farmland have caught fire. “These are mainly olive trees. Many people have no income at all.”

The fire brigade contained the flames with helicopters, firefighting planes, and hundreds of firefighters and volunteers. State radio reported that they separated on Friday.

In both Italy and southern Greece, the risk of fire remains very high due to drought and strong winds. According to experts, droughts will become more severe and longer as a result of climate change.

Europe has become a heatwave hotspot: “The region is warming three to four times faster than anywhere else.”

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