Southern Europe on fire – level 3

01-08-2023 07:00

Wildfires have ravaged nine countries in the Mediterranean region, causing the death of at least 40 people, with Algeria being the worst affected.

The northern mountainous region of Algeria reported 34 fatalities while neighboring Tunisia also battled wildfires. Italy experienced numerous wildfires in Sicily and Calabria during a severe heatwave, resulting in two deaths. Firefighters in Turkey, Croatia, Syria, Gran Canaria, and Portugal also fought against the spreading fires.

Scientist Izidine Pinto emphasized that the increasing frequency and intensity of these wildfires are directly linked to the human-induced climate emergency.

Difficult words: ravage (to cause severe damage), fatality (death), induce (to cause).

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