Turkey appeals to the world for help in fighting the biggest fires of the century
Turkey has published an international appeal for help in fighting fires that have spread to many regions of the country and that have taken the lives of 8 people in recent days, in what is described as one of the most intense heat waves that have engulfed the eastern Mediterranean. for decades.
After criticizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the lack of firefighting planes, local authorities in Istanbul have called on the European Union to assist in neutralizing the flames, which in addition to pastures and rural areas are approaching urban residential areas.
The first fires started 6 days ago and still in some areas of the coast continue to spread. About 95,000 hectares have been burned so far, while from 2008 to 2020 an average of 13,000 hectares were burned per year.
The fires have involved other countries in the region such as Greece, Italy and Spain, while in our country there are 5 active fires, but fortunately there has not been as much damage as in neighboring countries. Experts blame the drought and extremely high temperatures for the situation. Temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius were recorded for the first time in some regions.
In Cyprus, firefighting aircraft are in the skies patrolling forest areas in order to neutralize fires from the outset, as a rapid extinction becomes an almost impossible mission.