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Southeast Europe remains on high fire alert

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Numerous countries in southeast Europe remain on high fire alert as a heatwave continues to scorch the region. Along Croatia’s Adriatic coast firefighters have brought blazes under control, but they are warning it is too early to say the threat to residents and holidaymakers is over. Hundreds have already been evacuated. Strong winds have been fanning fires in Greece. Two people have died in one region, with scores of homes destroyed. Wildfires have also been reported in Turkey and Bulgaria, which has appealed for foreign countries to urgently send firefighting aircraft. Italy is still counting the cost of devastating wildfires, one of which killed two elderly people in the Apulia region and forced holiday makers to flee into the ocean. Officials are investigating claims the fires there may have been deliberaterly lit. Other Italian regions hit by fires include Campania, Abruzzo, Calabria and Sicily.