Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Wildfires rip through southern and central Europe

Wildfires are raging in parts of central and southern Europe, with thousands of firefighters tackling blazes in five countries.
About 12 wildfires broke out in Croatia's second largest city of Split, a popular tourist destination.

Several cars were burned and a shopping centre was evacuated in the suburbs of Split, covering the area and thick black smoke.

Around 4,500 hectares (11,120 acres) of land was destroyed, including homes, according to initial estimates.

Firefighters worked through Monday night to bring the fire under control, but some parts of the city reportedly remain without water or electricity.

In neighbouring Montenegro, forest fires forced the evacuation of more than 100 campers on the Lustica peninsula and spread further inland but were all under control, the interior ministry said.

The country requested two firefighting planes from NATO to help contain the blaze, according to state TV.

The cause of the fires in the two countries is still unknown.

SKY      News.