The death toll from large-scale forest fires that continue in the south of the country has risen to at least five, Italian media reported on Thursday.
According to the updated toll, the fires killed four people in the Calabria region and another person in Sicily, in addition to four injured in the Piedmont region.
Media reports indicated that the latest victim is a 77-year-old Calabrian who was battling fire until the last moment, apparently in a desperate attempt to save his home and livestock.
The authorities of Calabria, the region most affected by the fires, asked the federal government to declare a state of emergency in the region, as fires threaten the ancient beech forests of the Aspromonte Mountains National Park, which was inscribed last July on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The fires broke out against the backdrop of high temperatures in the region to record levels, which in some areas in Sicily reach 48.8 degrees Celsius, which represents an unprecedented number for Europe.