It’s a crying summer. It rained in the north and burned in the south. For weeks, powerful thunderstorms brought large parts of Switzerland to a knee. Southern Europe is burning brightly. The temperatures are still very high. Large fires continue to erupt in Greece. The situation on the island of Evia is desperate. There, 2,000 people were evacuated by ferry from the raging flames. In the seaside resort of Pefki, the beach was the only escape route. Firefighting aircraft are constantly used between two strong fronts. Help comes from other European countries. Switzerland is also sending three Super Pumas and 40 soldiers to Greece.
Arson under investigation in Calabria
There is also a fire in Sicily, especially in the north of the island. The fires are engulfing the forests of the nature parks in the Nibrodi Mountains and the Madoni mountain range. The island declared a state of emergency. The first deaths occurred in Calabria. Because they wanted to save the olive grove, a woman (53) and her nephew (34) were burned in Reggio Calabria. She is under investigation for arson. Again and again new fires are being lit in Sardinia. In Abruzzo, near the port city of Pescara, new fires broke out. Italy is upset. Record temperatures of 45°C are expected.
Turkey is also suffering. President Erdogan, 67, talks about the worst fires in his country’s history, which killed eight people. Six fires were not brought under control yesterday, especially in western Turkey’s Mugla province, where winds make it difficult to put out the flames.
Severe weather causes damage in Ticino
The water, badly needed by southern Europe, is causing further damage in Ticino. And it rained heavily on Saturday in Locarnes, the Bellinzona region and the Graubünden Valley of Kalanca. Streams swelled, their banks overflowed, streets and buildings were inundated. The slopes slipped again. Four people had to be evacuated from their home in Lumino TI due to an overflowing watershed. In Giubiasco TI, a kindergarten was flooded and a landslide buried Canton Road between Buseno GR and Arvigo GR. The only good news: At the start of the week, summer should also celebrate the return to Switzerland!
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