700 tourists escape Sicilian wildfires by boats

Published on : Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sicily wildfireAs many as 700 tourists were successfully evacuated through boats from the violent wildfires in Sicily on Wednesday as reported by the local media when vast areas of southern Italy continued to burn after months with scarce rainfall.


There have been no reports of any injury on account of the wildfires that witnessed a massive blaze at the seaside resort of Calampiso.


The resort is located on the western part of Palermo, the capital of the island. However, the mayor of a nearby town had appealed for assistance to rescue the tourists. Matteo Rizzo, the mayor of San Vito Lo Capo posted on social media mentioning that they require minibuses and cars to receive people at the little port and transport them back to school buildings.


The blaze has raised the regional temperature to above 40 degrees Celsius in the southern arid regions.


Twenty-three fires were blazing on Wednesday. Paolo Gentiloni, the Prime Minister said that the government was taking note of this difficult situation. Vast clouds of smoke were observed to be billowing into the air close to the port city of Naples, triggered by the blaze on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius.


Gian Luca Galletti who is the Environment Minister said that a man has been arrested on suspicion of arson.


The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) said that a large number of people, nature reserves and animals were at peril owing to the presence of the volcano and the fires as well.




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