Fires in Europe have taken a terrible shape

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This summer's wildfires have caused devastating fires across southwestern Europe. Yesterday until Sunday, no sign of the fire was seen; Rather, new temperature records may be created in some areas of the continent at the beginning of next week. Firefighters in France, Portugal, Spain and Greece are struggling to put out the blaze. Thousands of hectares have been destroyed by fire. Several fire service personnel have died in the fire since the beginning of this week. Apart from this, hundreds of people died in the fire. News from AFP

It is the second wildfire to hit southwestern Europe in a matter of weeks. Scientists are blaming climate change for this. According to their forecast, such extreme weather will be encountered more frequently.

Firefighters battle a wildfire in the coastal town of Arcachon in the southwestern Gironde region of France. The fire that started there last Tuesday has consumed 10,000 hectares of land so far. Five aircraft and 1,200 fire service personnel are working to extinguish the fire there. "It's a huge task," said Lt. Col. Olivier Chevette. Arnaud Mendes, the spokesman for the fire service, said several hundred people were ordered to leave the area last Saturday.

French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said, "There are fires in several other places in France. Our fire service personnel are working bravely.

14,000 people were evacuated to temporary camps to escape the fire on Tuesday. Temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius in some parts of southern France yesterday. The temperature has risen to 35 degrees Celsius in the northwestern part of the country. There may be a new temperature record on Monday.

Meanwhile, Portugal's Meteorological Department said the temperature has soared to 42 degrees Celsius, which could last until next week. Earlier on Thursday, the country recorded the highest July temperature of 47 degrees Celsius. Fires have also broken out in northern Portugal. The country's civil defense chief Andre Fernandes warned that the risk of new fires is high. However, the country's media says that there are already fires in 20 places in the country. Fernandes said it was a week of extreme caution. Already this week, two have died and more than 60 have been injured. 15 thousand hectares of forest land have been destroyed. The Lisbon government is considering whether to extend the week-long state of emergency.

Spain's National Meteorological Agency maintains varying levels of alert across the country. Temperatures may reach 44 degrees Celsius in some parts of the country. Dozens of fires have broken out in different parts of the country. According to official data, an area of ​​350,000 hectares has been destroyed.

Several people lost their lives while fighting the fire. Pilot dies in a plane crash in Portugal Apart from this, two others were killed in a helicopter crash in Greece.

The fire service authorities of the country are working to extinguish the fire caused on the island of Crete in Greece. Fires have broken out in mountainous areas in northern Morocco. One person was killed and more than 1,000 families were evacuated. Areas of the Adriatic coast in southwestern Turkey and Croatia are also battling wildfires. The Italian government has declared a state of emergency in the Po Valley.

Meanwhile, a national emergency has been declared in the UK due to the heatwave. British life in the heatwave. Temperatures in England are expected to reach 40 degrees Celsius next week. Fires may increase in other parts of the UK. The UK government has urged us to stay safe by following some simple measures to avoid death in such situations.

Mayor Sadiq Khan advised Londoners to use public transport only when absolutely necessary. National train operators have also warned passengers to avoid travel.

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