Italy announces emergency mobilization in Sicily due to fires

Italy fires

Rome, August 1 (EFE). – Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi announced a state of national mobilization for the civil protection system to send personnel and volunteers to Sicily (south), which was destroyed by more than 160 fires in the past 48 hours.

The Italian government said today in a note that Draghi activated this mobilization on Saturday afternoon after the President of Sicily, Nello Musumesi, requested an emergency intervention.

The Ministry (Civil Protection) is coordinating the dispatch of volunteers, national organizations and mobile regional columns, who will work in support of firefighting activities. This morning, an update meeting was organized during which the departure to Sicily was confirmed, Sunday, for the teams from Emilia Romagna, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Lombardy, Piedmont, Veneto and the autonomous provinces of Trento and Bolzano “, reads the official statement. .

Musumeci has announced an extraordinary meeting for tomorrow, August 2, to assess the situation and coordinate additional actions caused by the fire emergency in Sicily.

The fires also affected beaches and facilities such as bars and restaurants, which will study the security situation and the possibility of taking measures.

And the fire service confirmed, on Saturday, that it had monitored a total of 162 fires, of which 124 were in forests and 38 in urban areas.

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