European heatwave kills hundreds of people, while jammed electric vehicles spark wildfires that have displaced thousands In France and across the Iberian continent.
Since July 10, 2022 at least 360 people have been killed in Spain due to a massive heatwave and thousands of individuals have been forced to flee southern France due to a wildfire allegedly sparked by a vehicle having mechanical issues.
The Carlos III Health Institute reported Friday that hundreds have died in Spain as temperatures have skyrocketed to 45 degrees Celsius – or 114 degrees Fahrenheit – in the region.
The heatwave has also contributed to massive wildfires in several countries that have scorched thousands of acres of land. In southwest France alone, 12,000 people have been forced to flee to escape multiple blazes.
France’s Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne blamed the fire in the La-Teste-de-Buch region on an electric vehicle that had some sort of issue near a wooden glen. The second ongoing wildfire in France is also being investigated for criminal activity.
About 80% of the forest fires are estimated to have been started by humans, she told France’s BFMTV News. One tourist visiting France told the local press that he and his son were unable to take their belongings as they rushed to avoid the wildfire.
The head of France’s firefighter federation said they are calling for hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help fight the blaze. Our morale is still good but fatigue sets in fast. That’s why we’re calling for a target of 250,000 volunteer firefighters.
Firefighters blame the fires on global warming, claiming that front line workers see its impacts every day. Firefighters and civil security have to deal with the effects on a daily basis. There are also reportedly at least 20 separate wildfires currently blazing in Spain.
Daily Wire / Crickey Conservation Society 2022.