23.02.2020 - 08:38

State of emergency on Gran Canaria

Storm, heat, Saharan dust and a severe wildfire are making headlines

A heatwave from Africa is ensuring a state of emergency on Gran Canaria. Mogan and La Aldea de San Nicolas report peak temperatures of 29 °C even at night. There is plenty of Saharan dust in addition, the flight operations were suspended for several hours. Squalls of up to 120 km/h are sweeping across the island boosting a wildfire (which erupted yesterday evening) near Tasarte. Up to 500 people had to be evacuated, numerous homes have caught fire and some even burnt down. Unfortunately, the light rain which fell near Mogan during the early morning hours was not able to help the neighbouring Tasarte.

The military emergency unit UME has been activated already and is helping the fire brigade on site.

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