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Published on : Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Montenegro has requested international assistance to combat wildfires lazing along its Adriatic coastline compelling the evacuation of a large number of campers and tourists, as revealed by the official authorities on 17th July, 2017.
In a statement, the government of Montenegro said that the scenario at Lustica is quite critical.
The statement referred to the fact that the interior ministry of Montenegro asked for the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism to be activated immediately to assist with the extinguishing of the fire. Mayors of the coastal towns at peril like Herceg Novi, Tivat and Kotor have urged the government to ask the neighboring countries like Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia to send fire-extinguishing aircraft without delay.
At least a 100 tourists were compelled to evacuate from a coastal region that was at the worst hit by the violent blaze.
The fire on the peninsula of Lustica started engulfing the region of southern Montenegro, spreading close to camping zones and homes, triggered mainly by strong winds and dry weather. Stevan Katic who is the head of Herceg Novi municipality said that their forces are unfortunately not sufficient enough to douse such massive fires.
The officials said that the navy had also stepped in to help with putting out the fire and helping evacuate the area.
Emergency services declared that strong winds are also playing a role in hampering the efforts of the firefighters to rescue the homes. The local media reported that the blaze close to the tourist center of Split has reached houses based in different portions of the city and even the residents have joined in the efforts of the firefighters in containing the flames.
Authorities have warned the residents across the town to be calm and stay indoors.
In addition, they have also been warned to keep their windows closed as thick smoke has been spreading through the area. Certain portions of Split were left without electricity after the incident.
Soldiers from Croatia have also joined to check the blaze in Montenegro.
Andrej Plenkovic, the Prime Minister of Croatia has called an emergency meeting for 18th July stating that Croatia might seek international assistance if this crisis continues.