Southeastern Europe suffers a historic extreme heat wave, with peaks of more than 45 degrees, which has unleashed forest fires throughout the region and has caused deaths, massive evacuations, the destruction of hundreds of homes and thousands of hectares of vegetation.

The European Commission has mobilized aid from several Member States. Cyprus sent two planes to Greece, the Czech Republic and the Netherlands will send two helicopters to Albania, while Slovenia will send 45 firefighters to North Macedonia, in addition to the planes sent by Spain and Croatia to Turkey.

GREECE

On the last day 118 fires have been started in Greece, where, although fortunately there have been no casualties so far, thousands of hectares continue to burn uncontrollably, especially on the island of Euboea and in the Peloponnese.

This afternoon, hundreds of people were taken from their homes and hotels, many in boats directly from the beach, on the island of Euboea, where 13 towns have been evacuated, hundreds of buildings have been burned and three firefighters had to be treated by minor burns.

The authorities are also concerned about the fire that is rapidly approaching the archaeological site of Ancient Olympia, where the Olympic Games were held in ancient times, near which they have already been seen several houses destroyed. Local media reported several people trapped in their homes in this area.

Today the situation improved in the suburbs of Athens, where since Tuesday 1,250 hectares burned and hundreds of buildings, forcing millions of people to remain locked in the capital, to avoid breathing the toxic particles that floated in the air for hours.

This unprecedented catastrophe is pushing the Greek reaction capacity to the limit due to the dispersion of the floodlights and the unflattering weather forecast. After posting a record of 47.1 degrees, The high temperatures are expected to continue at least until the end of the week.

TURKEY

The fight against fires continues in Turkey, where in a week more than 170 lights, the vast majority already extinct or under control, but still with 16 active fronts in seven southern and eastern provinces of the country.

The Minister of the Interior, Süleyman Soylu, indicated that in total there were evacuate 16,000 people 3,200 households in 28 towns.

High temperatures in the eastern Mediterranean have affected these regions of Turkey, with temperatures of up to 44 degree in the southern city of Antalya and 42 in the touristy Marmaris, two of the areas most affected by the fires.

Seven of the eight fatalities from the fire have been registered in the Manavgat fire, in Antalya, which is still active, and one in Marmaris, in the Mugla province, where the extinction work continues with the planes sent by Spain to collaborate in an emergency for which Turkey does not have sufficient means of its own, so it has had to rent or order aircraft from Russia and Ukraine, among others.

BULGARIA

Also in Bulgaria, where temperatures reach 42 degrees, fires have raged in recent days, destroying large areas of forests, but without causing, at the moment, neither dead nor injured.

Although most of the outbreaks were soon brought under control, in some cases military units and helicopters of the air forces had to be deployed, such as in the town of Dolno Selo, near the border with North Macedonia, where the fire originated by a Spark from the power line destroyed 20 empty houses.

Another fire south of the capital, Sofia, came within 300 meters of the gas pipeline that carries fuel to Greece, without damaging the installation.

ALBANIA

In Albania, a 64-year-old man died when he was hit by flames in the courtyard of his house, one of many fires that has raged thousands of forest hectares.

The most critical situation is now in the south of the country: the Ionian coast, the tourist town of Vlora and in Gjirokastra, near the border with Greece, which the flames crossed this afternoon. The Difficulty extinguishing flames is due to rough terrain and lack of aerial means adequate in the country, so Albania eagerly awaits European assistance.

The fires, mostly provoked, They have been burning entire areas of forests on the Karaburun peninsula for weeks and in their advance they threaten the Pashaliman military naval base and the Llogara natural park, in Vlora.

KOSOVO

In Kosovo he died this Wednesday, probably suffocated, a 57-year-old man, in a fire in the village of Novo Selo that has been hit by several floodlights for days in the middle of high temperatures and strong gusts of wind.

Four fires are still active out of the 50 that have occurred this week.

Much of the fires are attributed to citizen negligence, added to the heatwave and the wind, while the lack of means to extinguish the flames makes the situation difficult.

NORTH MACEDONIA

A dozen fires are active in North Macedonia, of which only two are controlled and, although there are several populations at riskAt the moment there are no lives in danger and no victims have been registered. The government has banned driving in forest areas.

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