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Woman's Harrowing Attempt To Flee Devastating Wildfire Caught On Video In Sicily, Italy

Isha Sharma
Isha Sharma
Updated on Jul 27, 2023, 00:20 IST- 5 min read

Italy is facing the wrath of extreme weather, with record-breaking temperatures fueling devastating wildfires in Sicily. A gripping video has emerged on social media, capturing the terrifying scene of a wall of flames encroaching on the highway. 

The now-viral footage displays a car bravely navigating through the raging wildfire, highlighting the problematic conditions drivers confront amidst the ongoing crisis.

According to Reuters, wildfires have severely affected Sicily, the southernmost island of Italy, and the regional president has confirmed that three older adults have tragically lost their lives. 

The wildfires have compounded the challenges posed by a heatwave and severe storms in other parts of the country, leading to a heavy toll on communities across Italy.

Italian media reports revealed that the charred bodies of a couple in their 70s were discovered in their burned-out home on the outskirts of Palermo, the regional capital.

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Additionally, a woman in her late 80s tragically passed away in Palermo province after an ambulance could not reach her home due to the fires raging in the area.

Sicilian President Renato Schifani expressed the gravity of the situation on Facebook, describing Tuesday as "one of the most difficult days in decades" due to scorching heat and unprecedented, devastating fires.

Recently, a fire broke out inside a terminal building at its most significant airport in Catania, leading to a near-total closure. 

On Tuesday, Palermo airport also faced disruptions as a wildfire raged nearby, prompting a temporary closure for a few hours. The impact of these fires is raising concerns for the region's infrastructure and safety for residents and visitors alike.

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