Sunday 17 December 2017

Tourists evacuated from beach resort due to wildfires in southern Italy

Smoke rises from wild fires burning on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius volcano as the Castel dell'Ovo castle in seen in the foreground, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Firefighters are battling wildfires throughout southern Italy, including along the slopes of the volcano Mount Vesuvius near Naples. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)
Smoke rises from wild fires burning on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius volcano as the Castel dell'Ovo castle in seen in the foreground, in Naples, Italy, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. Firefighters are battling wildfires throughout southern Italy, including along the slopes of the volcano Mount Vesuvius near Naples. (Ciro Fusco/ANSA via AP)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Hundreds of tourists at a beach resort in Sicily have been evacuated by boat due to wildfires that are blazing across a huge area of southern Italy, according to reports.

Additional military troops were being called in to help control the blazes, which civil protection officials and prosecutors said were likely to have been set intentionally.

The ANSA news agency quoted tourists at the Calampiso resort in San Vito Lo Capo, near Trapani, as saying they were being housed in a school because they cannot return to their rooms.

Other wildfires were encroaching on the Amalfi coast, on Mt Vesuvius and elsewhere.

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