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Four injured as fires rage on in Sardinia


Cagliari, August 8 - At least four people have been
injured and evacuations continued Thursday in communities on
Sardinia as fires continued to rage through forests and brush,
fanned by continued hot weather and winds.
A forestry worker suffered from heat exhaustion and smoke
inhalation in the area of Sinnai, about 20 kilometres from the
city of Cagliari.
And a cattle producer, burned while trying to save his
stock, was among those hurt as a result of the fires that
appeared to be worsening.
Still more residents in the town of Laconi, some of whom
had been evacuated Wednesday night along with senior citizens in
a nursing home, were ordered to leave their homes as fire raged
closer to the community.
About 40 people were forced to leave their homes Wednesday
night and sleep in local schools due to the blazes near Laconi,
a small town in the centre of the island.
The elderly were also moved out of a nursing home in the
nearby village of Su Lau as a precaution.
Regional government officials called for help from the
national government to deal with the crisis that had already
consumed at least 2,000 hectares of vegetation on the island on
Sardinia faces "a risk of a real ecological and social
disaster," said Senator Luciano Uras, who called for more water
bombers to help fight the fires.
Meanwhile, firefighters had been using helicopters and an
airtanker on fires in the area of Sinnai.
A final assessment of the damage had not been made but
crews were busy fighting spot fires that continued to break out
amid ongoing hot, dry weather.
Meteorologists say temperatures have climbed past 40
degrees C on Sardinia recently, and hot winds have fanned the

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