Italy battles wildfires as hundreds evacuated in Tuscany

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MILAN (Reuters) – Fire brigades in Tuscany battled a wildfire on Wednesday that forced hundreds to evacuate and caused gas tanks to explode, as smoke from a blaze in northeast Italy forced shipbuilder Fincantieri to shut down a 3,000-staff plant. Wildfires have broken out in several parts of Italy this week as temperatures keep rising. Nine cities were on the country’s highest heatwave alert, which warns of serious health risks linked to the weather, up from five on Tuesday. The total will rise to 14 on Thursday, including Rome, Milan and Florence. Temperatures are expected to hit 40C across a…

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