Scorching temperatures across southern Europe this summer led to wildfires breaking out in many countries. Alan Warnes assesses Europe’s ability to cope with such natural disasters.
DRAMATIC TELEVISION footage depicting water bombers disgorging their loads onto blazing trees and vegetation close to St Tropez, France, in late July illustrated a major problem that swept across Europe this summer.
Similar scenes were acted out in Italy, Macedonia, Portugal and Spain. While this phenomenon is nothing new, the increase in such incidents is alarming.