For a few week, Cyprus has skilled a scorching heatwave with temperatures reaching as much as 40C.
Charalambos Alexandrou, Director of the Division of Forests, informed Omega TV: “It is the worst forest fire in the history of Cyprus.”
He added the perimeter of the inferno stretched for “at least 40km (25 miles)”.
Vassos Vassiliou, a group chief in Arakapas, described the fireplace as a “whirlwind.
“It destroyed everything,” he mentioned.
Cypriot authorities have reached out to the EU and Israel for help in tackling the wildfire which has been burning since round noon on Saturday.
The decision for support got here after the large wildfire intensified whereas burning north of the cities of Limassol and Larnaca.
Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades wrote on Twitter: “This is a very difficult day for Cyprus.
“All of the state’s mechanisms are in gear, and the priority is for no loss of life.”
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A number of helicopters and firefighting planes are already making an attempt to manage the inferno and hope to stop it from crossing a mountainous area and ravaging the Machairas Forest.
The reason for the fireplace just isn’t but clear.