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Extreme heat wave sparks wildfires in parts of Europe

Published on Jul 14, 2022 11:49 AM IST
  • At least 135 people have suffered mainly minor injuries since wildfires began in Portugal last week, and about 800 people have been evacuated from their homes, according to the Civil Protection Authority.
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A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Europe amid an unusual heat wave that authorities are linking to climate change, menacing villages and disrupting tourists' holidays. Thousands of firefighters battled more than 20 blazes that raged on Wednesday across Portugal and western Spain.(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 14, 2022 11:49 AM IST

A spate of wildfires is scorching parts of Europe amid an unusual heat wave that authorities are linking to climate change, menacing villages and disrupting tourists' holidays. Thousands of firefighters battled more than 20 blazes that raged on Wednesday across Portugal and western Spain.(AP)

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The heat wave pushed temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of Europe.(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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The heat wave pushed temperatures above 45 degrees Celsius (113 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of Europe.(AP)

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In France, hundreds of firefighters, supported by six water-bomber aircraft, battled two wildfires in the southwest, which prompted the evacuation of thousands of campers, Gironde prefect Fabienne Buccio said.(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In France, hundreds of firefighters, supported by six water-bomber aircraft, battled two wildfires in the southwest, which prompted the evacuation of thousands of campers, Gironde prefect Fabienne Buccio said.(AFP)

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In Santiago de Guarda in the central Portuguese district of Leiria, Albertina Francisco struggled to hold back tears as a cloud of black smoke billowed over the tiny village.(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In Santiago de Guarda in the central Portuguese district of Leiria, Albertina Francisco struggled to hold back tears as a cloud of black smoke billowed over the tiny village.(AP)

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In Leiria, where over 3,000 hectares have burned so far. Nearly 900 firefighters were combating three active blazes in Leiria alone, while in the whole of mainland Portugal there were 2,841 firefighters on the ground and 860 vehicles.(AP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In Leiria, where over 3,000 hectares have burned so far. Nearly 900 firefighters were combating three active blazes in Leiria alone, while in the whole of mainland Portugal there were 2,841 firefighters on the ground and 860 vehicles.(AP)

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In Portugal's popular tourist destination southern Algarve region, a fire broke out in the city of Faro and spread to the Quinta do Lago luxury resort.(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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In Portugal's popular tourist destination southern Algarve region, a fire broke out in the city of Faro and spread to the Quinta do Lago luxury resort.(AFP)

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A Canadair firefighting aircraft dumps water over a wildfire in Landiras, southwestern France, on July 13.(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A Canadair firefighting aircraft dumps water over a wildfire in Landiras, southwestern France, on July 13.(AFP)

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This aerial photograph shows a burnt area during the wildfires in Ourem. The fire that has been raging since the end of last week in part of the Santarem district restarted, helped by the exceptionally high temperatures, after being temporarily contained on July 11. The Santarem region was expecting record temperatures of 46 degrees, the highest in the country. (AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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This aerial photograph shows a burnt area during the wildfires in Ourem. The fire that has been raging since the end of last week in part of the Santarem district restarted, helped by the exceptionally high temperatures, after being temporarily contained on July 11. The Santarem region was expecting record temperatures of 46 degrees, the highest in the country. (AFP)

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A wildfire burns through vegetation in Landiras, southwestern France, on July 13, 2022. - Two fires have burned nearly 1,700 hectares of pine trees in Gironde on July 13, forcing the evacuation of 6,000 campers. A heat wave in Western Europe is fuelling wildfires across vast stretches of forestland. (Photo by Laurent THEILLET / POOL / AFP)(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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A wildfire burns through vegetation in Landiras, southwestern France, on July 13, 2022. - Two fires have burned nearly 1,700 hectares of pine trees in Gironde on July 13, forcing the evacuation of 6,000 campers. A heat wave in Western Europe is fuelling wildfires across vast stretches of forestland. (Photo by Laurent THEILLET / POOL / AFP)(AFP)

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Some villagers rescued pets while others helped firefighters battle the flames.(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Some villagers rescued pets while others helped firefighters battle the flames.(AFP)

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Wednesday's highest temperature was registered in the central town of Lousa at 46.3 degrees C (115 Fahrenheit), one degree below a 2003 record.(AFP) expand-icon View Photos in a new improved layout
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Wednesday's highest temperature was registered in the central town of Lousa at 46.3 degrees C (115 Fahrenheit), one degree below a 2003 record.(AFP)

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