Fires in the South: Catania and Syracuse burn, vacationers saved by sea – Chronicle

Rome, 31 July 2021 – Il Southern Italy it burns relentlessly. After Sardinia, it is now there Sicily to have been hit by violent fires also thanks to the strong heat wave. The most affected is the province of Catania, where during the night the fire brigade had to intervene both in the mountain areas and in the seaside resorts, besieged by numerous arson burnings.

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Routes rescued by sea 150 people, remained blocked by the fires in two of the seaside resorts: the residents of the villages ‘Primosole’ and ‘Azzurro’ to escape the fire went to the beach where they were rescued by the Coast Guard first with rubber boats and then transferred to some patrol boats. Some have lost their homes and will be housed in the Sports Hall in Piazza Spedini made available by the Municipality. Closed for a few hours the airport international of Catania-Fontanarossa

The flames also originated in the vicinity of Climiti mountains. And it is also an emergency in province of Syracuse: particular fear was caused by the fires in Francofonte, Buccheri and Augusta where the flames threatened the houses, so much so that in some cases it was necessary to evacuate them. The most dramatic situation ad Agnone Bagni where the flames broke out near the seaside areas of Costa Gaia and Baia del Sole. Here too many vacationers have been rescued by sea by the Coast Guard. The head of Civil Protection, Fabrizio Curcio, he explained that “teams from other regions will be sent and there will be a doubling of shifts by the firefighters who have made more teams available”. Furthermore, to respond to the emergency in Sicily “there will then be a decree”.

But, in the last 24 hours, there have been over 800 interventions by firefighters: 250 in Sicily (of which 170 only in the province of Catania), 130 in Puglia and Calabria, 90 in Lazio and 70 in Campania.

And the situation is still difficult Sardinia. On the ninth day of the fire that devastated Montiferru and Planargia, in the Oristano area there are still re-ignitions in the perimeter of the fire and the alarm remains high. After an almost quiet night, as the temperature rose this morning the flames rose high. Six outbreaks recorded by the Forestry Operations Center at 10am. The three most worrying were resumed between Santu Lussurgiu and Cuglieri, and among these those in Casteddu Etzu and Sa Tiria.

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