Some 400 People Evacuated on Sardinia Amid Raging Fires, Reports Say
17:38 GMT 25.07.2021 (Updated: 17:41 GMT 25.07.2021)
© REUTERS / Vigili del FuocoAn aerial view from a helicopter shows a large wildfire that broke out near Santu Lussurgiu, Sardinia, Italy July 25, 2021.
© REUTERS / Vigili del Fuoco
ROME (Sputnik) - Approximately 400 people have been evacuated on Italy's Sardinia island amid raging fires, the SkyTg24 broadcaster reported on Sunday.
On Saturday, the island's province of Oristano was struck by a heatwave coming from Africa, setting dry grass ablaze, which caused a larger conflagration further down the line. Now, multiple areas of Oristano are engulfed in flames, making residents leave their homes in a hurry.
The blaze has been fought by fire teams along with the forest service, the civil protection service, and volunteers for almost 24 hours. Overall, some 7,500 people, seven special planes and 13 helicopters are involved in the effort.
According to the island's authorities, the fire has already burned through about 10,000 hectares (24,710 acres) of vegetation areas, ruined several residential and service buildings and killed cattle.
Christian Solinas, the president of Sardinia, has requested emergency economic assistance from the central government.