[Valid RSS]
August 15, 2022, 12:04 pm
Treanding
Surge in EU exports to Russia Russia announces capture of strategic settlement in Donbass  Lithuania’s FM wants visa ban for anti-Putin Russians More US lawmakers visit Taiwan 12 days after Pelosi trip Russia President greeted President & Prime Minister of Pakistan   Training and Awareness Programme on Sustainable Financing ৮ম বাংলাদেশ জুনিয়র সায়েন্স অলিম্পিয়াডের টাইটেল স্পন্সরের চেক হস্তান্তর করল আল-আরাফাহ্‌ ইসলামী ব্যাংক Russia boosts gas supply to EU nation OPPO ColorOS 12 won four design awards at the Red Dot Award More attention needed for quality education, social dev, gender equality & decent employment : CPD  Russia President greeted athletes on their professional holiday Moscow names condition for ‘normalization’ with USA Reduce electricity consumption this season with energy-efficient ACs  Call to Make Youth Free from Risks of Hypertension and Heart Diseases : speakers প্রাথমিক শিক্ষকদের নিয়ে স্ক্র্যাচ প্রোগ্রামিং ফলো-আপ ক্যাম্প অনুষ্ঠিত   Death toll in city’s Turag blast rises to 8 FBI seized top secret documents in Trump estate search realme offers fans to mega discount Lawmaker views Russia’s control of Zaporozhye NPP as key to regional nuclear security World on the brink of nuclear catastrophe : Moscow

Thousands evacuated as blistering heatwave in Europe sparks wildfires

Bangladesh Beyond
  • Updated on Saturday, July 16, 2022
  • 73 Impressed

Thousands evacuated as blistering heatwave in Europe sparks wildfires

 

 

Dhaka July 16 2022 (SCMP):

 

Firefighters battled blazes in France, Portugal and Spain while Britain issued its first ever ‘red’ warning for exceptional heat.

Scientists blamed the increasing regularity of heatwaves on global warming and predicted more intense episodes of extreme weather.

Southwest Europe baked under sweltering temperatures on Friday for a fifth day, with the heat sparking devastating wildfires, forcing the evacuations of thousands and ruining holidays.

Armies of firefighters battled blazes in France, Portugal and Spain as Britain braced for “extreme heat” in coming days and even Irish forecasters predicted a taste of blistering Mediterranean-style summer temperatures.

As French President Emmanuel Macron vowed authorities would do everything to mobilise resources to fight the fallout, the Bordeaux public prosecutor indicated a “criminal” origin was its main line of inquiry for at least one fire near the southwestern city.

The furnace engulfing swathes of southwest Europe is the second in weeks, with scientists blaming climate change and predicting more frequent and intense episodes of extreme weather.In Portugal, five regions in the centre and north – where temperatures hit a July record 47 degrees Celsius (116.6 degrees Fahrenheit) on Thursday before dropping back – were on red alert again Friday as more than 2,000 firefighters tackled four major blazes.

A plane that was battling forest fires in the Braganca region crashed on Friday near Vila Nova de Foz Coa in northern Portugal, killing its pilot, the civil defence said.

As of late Thursday, the fires had killed one person and injured around 60. Nearly 900 people had been evacuated and several dozen homes damaged or destroyed, authorities said.

Wildfires have destroyed 30,000 hectares (75,000 acres) of land this year, the largest area since Portugal’s horrific summer of 2017 when around 100 people died.

In neighbouring Spain, where temperatures were as high as 37 degrees by 7am, a fire that broke out on Thursday near the Monfrague National Park, a protected area renowned for wildlife in the Extremadura region, continued to blaze.

Spanish authorities reported close to 20 fires still raging out of control with one near Mijas in the deep south, inland from regional capital Malaga, forcing some 2,300 people to evacuate their homes.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted he was “closely following the evolution of active fires” posing an “extreme risk”.

The mercury reached 45.4 degrees in Spain on Thursday, shy of the all-time high of 47.4 degrees registered in August last year.

In southwestern France, flames have destroyed some 7,700 hectares since Tuesday and forced the evacuation of 11,000 people – including many holidaymakers who decided to abandon their holiday rather than remain in makeshift shelters set up by local authorities.

Southern France, battling temperatures around 40 degrees on Friday, is bracing for more heat next week with 16 departments already on orange, a severe alert.

Across the Mediterranean, authorities said one person was found dead in northern Morocco as forest fires raged. Authorities also evacuated hundreds of people from more than a dozen villages in northwestern Morocco.

One fire was raging in pine forests near France’s Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune and a magnet for tourists.

“I’ve never seen this before and you get the feeling that it’s post-apocalyptic,” said resident Karyn on Thursday soon before the preventive evacuation order at Cazaux village near the dune.

Fire commander Laurent Dellac spoke of “tunnels of fire” around Teste-de-Buch, in the middle of the Landes forest to Bordeaux’s southwest – although nobody was reported hurt.

“The blazes are still not under control, and unfortunately conditions are windy again,” firefighter spokesman Matthieu Jomain said.

Britain’s meteorological agency, meanwhile, issued its first ever “red” warning for exceptional heat with nights exceptionally warm.

The Met Office said there was a 50 per cent chance on Monday or Tuesday of temperatures topping 40 degrees for the first time, and an 80 per cent chance that the country’s previous record of 38.7 degrees set in 2019 will be exceeded.

UK hospitals have warned of a surge in heat-related admissions and train operators have told passengers to expect cancellations.

A helicopter drops water while firefighters work to put out a wildfire in Tarascon, southeastern France, on Friday. Photo: AFP
A helicopter drops water while firefighters work to put out a wildfire in Tarascon, southeastern France, on Friday. Photo: AFP

Southwest Europe baked under sweltering temperatures on Friday for a fifth day, with the heat sparking devastating wildfires, forcing the evacuations of thousands and ruining holidays.

Armies of firefighters battled blazes in France, Portugal and Spain as Britain braced for “extreme heat” in coming days and even Irish forecasters predicted a taste of blistering Mediterranean-style summer temperatures.

As French President Emmanuel Macron vowed authorities would do everything to mobilise resources to fight the fallout, the Bordeaux public prosecutor indicated a “criminal” origin was its main line of inquiry for at least one fire near the southwestern city.

The furnace engulfing swathes of southwest Europe is the second in weeks, with scientists blaming climate change and predicting more frequent and intense episodes of extreme weather.

A plane that was battling forest fires in the Braganca region crashed on Friday near Vila Nova de Foz Coa in northern Portugal, killing its pilot, the civil defence said.

As of late Thursday, the fires had killed one person and injured around 60. Nearly 900 people had been evacuated and several dozen homes damaged or destroyed, authorities said.

Wildfires have destroyed 30,000 hectares (75,000 acres) of land this year, the largest area since Portugal’s horrific summer of 2017 when around 100 people died.

Spanish authorities reported close to 20 fires still raging out of control with one near Mijas in the deep south, inland from regional capital Malaga, forcing some 2,300 people to evacuate their homes.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez tweeted he was “closely following the evolution of active fires” posing an “extreme risk”.

The mercury reached 45.4 degrees in Spain on Thursday, shy of the all-time high of 47.4 degrees registered in August last year.

In southwestern France, flames have destroyed some 7,700 hectares since Tuesday and forced the evacuation of 11,000 people – including many holidaymakers who decided to abandon their holiday rather than remain in makeshift shelters set up by local authorities.

Southern France, battling temperatures around 40 degrees on Friday, is bracing for more heat next week with 16 departments already on orange, a severe alert.

Across the Mediterranean, authorities said one person was found dead in northern Morocco as forest fires raged. Authorities also evacuated hundreds of people from more than a dozen villages in northwestern Morocco.

One fire was raging in pine forests near France’s Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune and a magnet for tourists.

“I’ve never seen this before and you get the feeling that it’s post-apocalyptic,” said resident Karyn on Thursday soon before the preventive evacuation order at Cazaux village near the dune.

A helicopter pours water into the flames of a forest fire in Mijas, southern Spain’s Malaga, on Friday. Photo: EPA-EFE
A helicopter pours water into the flames of a forest fire in Mijas, southern Spain’s Malaga, on Friday. Photo: EPA-EFE

Fire commander Laurent Dellac spoke of “tunnels of fire” around Teste-de-Buch, in the middle of the Landes forest to Bordeaux’s southwest – although nobody was reported hurt.

“The blazes are still not under control, and unfortunately conditions are windy again,” firefighter spokesman Matthieu Jomain said.

Britain’s meteorological agency, meanwhile, issued its first ever “red” warning for exceptional heat with nights exceptionally warm.

The Met Office said there was a 50 per cent chance on Monday or Tuesday of temperatures topping 40 degrees for the first time, and an 80 per cent chance that the country’s previous record of 38.7 degrees set in 2019 will be exceeded.

UK hospitals have warned of a surge in heat-related admissions and train operators have told passengers to expect cancellations.

A dog plays with its football in the river Thames during sunny weather in London on Friday. Photo: AP
A dog plays with its football in the river Thames during sunny weather in London on Friday. Photo: AP

The Irish meteorological office issued a weather warning for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with “exceptionally warm weather”.

A high of 32 degrees was possible on Monday, Met Eireann said, just short of Ireland’s record high 33.3 degrees set in 1887.

Belgian authorities said they expected much higher temperatures next week, with a high of 38 degrees in parts of the country forecast for Tuesday.

Scientists blame the increasing regularity of heatwaves on global warming.

“Climate change is driving this heatwave, just as it is driving every heatwave now,” said Friederike Otto, senior lecturer in climate science at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London.

“Greenhouse gas emissions, from burning fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil, are making heatwaves hotter, longer-lasting and more frequent,” she said.

Read More

Read us@googlenews

Social

More News
© Copyright: 2020-2022

Bangladesh Beyond is an online version of Fortnightly Apon Bichitra 

(Reg no: DA 1825)

Developed By Bangladesh Beyond