Firefighters battle blaze in Italy
Rome: Italian firefighters have been battling major blazes in the north of the country and on the island of Sicily, officials said.
Several units have been called out to a forest fire that broke out in a hiking area west of the Adriatic coastal town of Rimini, the dpa news agency quoted firefighters as reporting on Tuesday.
Rescuers rescued 10 people from the disaster area.
Video showed thick smoke hanging over the hilly area and strong winds fanning the blaze, firefighters added.
On the popular holiday island of Sicily, firefighters were battling a wildfire that broke out in the coastal community of Trabia, east of Palermo, overnight on Tuesday.
According to Italian media, the flames also endangered several residential buildings. People were brought to safety due to the danger of gas cylinders exploding in the buildings.
Firefighters were also battling the flames from the air.
Dry conditions brought on by drought and careless behavior or arson are thought to be the main causes of the fires.
Experts suspect that the consequences of climate change are behind the drought in Italy this year.
According to data from the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), as of August 13, around 42,000 hectares had burned in Italy so far this year, more than the average at this time in the previous 15 years. .
In this calculation, EFFIS only considers areas affected by fire that are 30 hectares or more.