Wildfires are spreading on the Italian island of Sardinia, and elsewhere in southern Europe, fueled by wind and dry weather — adding to a list of travails that have plagued the continent over the summer, including high temperatures, dry spells and drenching rains.
The fires come as rains wreak havoc to the north. Germany is grappling with the aftermath of flooding that devastated entire towns with little warning. In London, extreme rain beginning Sunday, following a heat wave, barreled the city, flooding roads, hospitals and train stations.
Authorities in Sardinia declared a state of emergency on Sunday as fires tore through tens of thousands of acres and forced some 1,500 people to evacuate.
Christian Solinas, the president of the Sardinia region, called the wildfires “an unprecedented disaster,” Euronews reported.
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