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Forest fires are still raging in several European countries, with the “unprecedented” heat wave continuing, while Moroccan firefighting services have made progress in fighting forest fires that have swept forest areas in five provinces in the north of the Kingdom since Wednesday.

In the province of Larache in Morocco, a large fire that destroyed about 5,300 hectares was controlled by “70 percent” while firefighters extinguished 5 smaller fires, according to local sources who spoke to AFP, while 1,331 families were evacuated spread over 20 villages, about 170 houses were destroyed, and one person was killed.

In the Moroccan province of Ouazzane, rescue teams are on their way to shut down the hot spot of an active fire that destroyed 400 hectares of pine and fruit trees. Firefighters and soldiers have managed to control fires in areas usually difficult to reach in Chefchaouen, Tetouan and Taza.

People put out a forest fire in Larache, Morocco

According to the Moroccan authorities, the causes of these fires are still unknown.

‘Unprecedented heat wave’

In Britain, the rail network in some areas of England and the London Underground warned of disruptions and train delays due to the unprecedented heat wave in the country, and asked travelers to cancel their bookings.

The Health Safety Agency announced an emergency and warned of a heat wave that was expected to peak on Tuesday and reach more than 40 degrees Celsius, while the National Health Authority announced the cancellation of some appointments and bookings in hospitals to spread the word. diseases, and to protect the health personnel from that wave.

‘Out of control’

In Spain, 20 fires are still raging in the forests, and out of control in various parts of the country, from the south to the far northwest in Galicia, where the fires destroyed about 4,400 hectares of land this week, according to Spanish authorities.

In the Spanish city of Costa del Sol on the Mediterranean coast, authorities evacuated several thousand people as the fires spread to populated areas, according to the American Wall Street Journal.

And 300 people out of three thousand were allowed to return to their homes on Monday, after being evacuated preventively near Malaga, in the far south of Spain.

And the Spanish Meteorological Agency predicted significantly higher temperatures in most parts of the country’s mainland and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, with temperatures reaching 42 degrees in the northern city of Logrono, and 40 degrees in Madrid and Seville, in the south.

In the southwest of France, firefighters continue to tackle the fires, particularly in the Gironde, where smoke has covered about 11,000 hectares of forest with a forecast of 40 degrees Celsius, according to Meteorological France, which on Monday visited 15 regions in western France. the highest temperature readiness.

And the General Meteorological Foundation warned that temperatures were rising as the heat wave spread across the country, expecting Monday to be the hottest in western France, noting that temperatures could reach 40 degrees in several regions, including Brittany, Normandy Pass, Aquitaine and Western Ositania.

In the province of “Teste de Bosch” the local authorities announced that the areas affected by the fire were about 3 200 and 3 400 hectares, and in the region of “Landeras” the areas affected by the fire, ranged between 7,000 and 7,200 acres.

In Portugal, the latest report issued by the Portuguese Civil Protection indicated that last week’s fires left two dead and about 60 injured, and almost all Portuguese areas were considered vulnerable to fires due to extreme, very high or high risks. , especially the central and northern areas. domestic regions.

According to the latest estimates, the fires destroyed between 12,000 and 15,000 hectares of forest.

In Greece, firefighters controlled a fire that broke out last Friday and caused the preventive evacuation of seven villages in a rural area in the province of Rethymno on the island of Crete.

Italy is also facing a severe heat wave across the peninsula, leading to a months-long drought that is the worst the northern half of the country has faced in at least 70 years.

The current heat wave is expected to peak later in the week, with temperatures in some areas exceeding 110 degrees.

The temperature in Milan is expected to reach 37 degrees, which is closer to the record set in 2003 of 39 degrees.

“mass suicide”

On the other hand, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, warned that forest fires and heat waves that swept large parts of the globe showed that humanity was facing a “mass suicide”, according to the British newspaper Guardian.

“Half of humanity is in the danger zone, of floods, droughts, severe storms and wildfires. No nation is immune,” Guterres said, addressing ministers from 40 countries who met to discuss the climate crisis.

“However, we continue to feed our addiction to fossil fuels,” he added.

Ministers, who will meet in Berlin for the two-day climate conference known as the “Petersburg Climate Dialogue”, will discuss climate extremes, as well as rising fossil fuel and food prices.

The meeting, which has been held annually by the German government for the past 13 years, is one of the last opportunities to reach an agreement between the major countries ahead of the COP27 climate summit in Egypt, which is planned for November.

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