Thu 28 July 2022:
EU’s Copernicus Earth Observation Program stated, that there have been nearly four times as many wildfires in Europe this year as there have been on average over the previous 15 years.
“The total number of fires in the EU as of 23 July and since the beginning of the year stood at 1,926,” read a post on the program’s Twitter account.
The average for the 2006-2021 reference period was around 520, it added.
Another tweet on Thursday warned of “very extreme danger” in several areas of Spain, France, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria.
Described as “unprecedented, frightening, and apocalyptic,” the ongoing heat wave in Europe has claimed more than 1,700 lives in Portugal and Spain alone, the World Health Organization said last week.
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