The Mediterranean flames that threaten villages and vacation destinations have claimed the lives of more than 40 people in Algeria, Italy, and Greece, and hundreds have been forced to flee.

In addition to Corfu and Evia, fires are also raging in Rhodes, which has been declared an emergency throughout.

There is no sign of a break in the current prolonged heatwave, with parts of Greece expecting temperatures to exceed 44C (111F).

Thousands of people have had to leave their homes because of fires in Sicily and Puglia.

Firefighters are having difficulty putting out the flames and building firebreaks in several areas due to high winds and foliage that is tinder dry.

The country with the highest death toll so far is Algeria, where 34 people died, including 10 soldiers who were caught in a blaze while being evacuated from the seaside region of Bejaia, east of Algiers. The worst-affected region, Bejaia, is where 23 of the fatalities occurred, according to local media.

Although 80% of the fires, according to Algerian authorities, have been extinguished since Sunday, a significant firefighting operation that involves some 8,000 men, hundreds of fire engines, and some aircraft is still ongoing.

300 people had to be evacuated from the beach village of Melloula in neighboring Tunisia due to fires there as well.

Greece’s Civil Protection Ministry issued an alert on Wednesday stating that there was a “extreme danger” of fire in six of the nation’s 13 regions.

The World Weather Attribution group, a group of climate experts, claimed that without human-induced climate change, this month’s extreme heatwave across Southern Europe, North America, and China would have been nearly unthinkable.

On the island of Evia, to the north of Athens, two pilots perished when their Canadair firefighting aircraft crashed into a gully. On another part of the island, a man’s burned body was discovered in a far-off rural shack.

By gvoice

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