Wildfires in France, Spain, Portugal - Europe braces for worst heatwave | In photos

Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

Almost all of Europe is on alert over an impending heatwave as temperatures touch record levels and forestlands turn into a pool of fire. Widespread wildfires have been ripping across southwest Europe and heading towards the north, signaling a heatwave in France, Spain, Portugal, Greece as well as Britain. Hectares of forest land have been burning since last week, putting thousands of lives at risk.

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In France, the forest blaze forced more than 16,000 people – residents and tourists combined – to leave their cities and towns. Additional teams of firefighting planes, 200 firefighters and trucks are being sent to curb the fire. (AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

In France, the forest blaze forced more than 16,000 people – residents and tourists combined – to leave their cities and towns. Additional teams of firefighting planes, 200 firefighters and trucks are being sent to curb the fire. (AP)

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In Portugal – among the worst hit by the raging widlfires – almost the entire country is still on high alert for forest fires despite a slight drop in temperatures. The country hit 47 degrees Celsius – a record for the month of July – last week. (AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

In Portugal – among the worst hit by the raging widlfires – almost the entire country is still on high alert for forest fires despite a slight drop in temperatures. The country hit 47 degrees Celsius – a record for the month of July – last week. (AP)

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Charred bodies of an elderly couple, who were trying to escape the wildfires, were found inside a burned-out vehicle in the devastated Portuguese northern municipality of Murça, authorities said on Monday. “It is a completely dramatic situation that is happening in the municipality of Murça... more than half of the municipality on fire,” Murça's mayor, Mário Artur Lopes, told broadcasters. (AP) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

Charred bodies of an elderly couple, who were trying to escape the wildfires, were found inside a burned-out vehicle in the devastated Portuguese northern municipality of Murça, authorities said on Monday. “It is a completely dramatic situation that is happening in the municipality of Murça... more than half of the municipality on fire,” Murça's mayor, Mário Artur Lopes, told broadcasters. (AP)

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Britain was heading for its highest temperatures on record and firefighters battled blazes across southern Europe as a heatwave sent people hunting for shade and compounded fears about climate change. The government triggered a "national emergency" alert. British train companies have cancelled services and schools have also been closed as officials urged the public to stay home. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

Britain was heading for its highest temperatures on record and firefighters battled blazes across southern Europe as a heatwave sent people hunting for shade and compounded fears about climate change. The government triggered a "national emergency" alert. British train companies have cancelled services and schools have also been closed as officials urged the public to stay home. (REUTERS)

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In Spain, a wildfire raced across a field and engulfed a excavator near the northern town of Tabara, forcing the driver to run for his life as flames burned the clothes off his back. The heatwave has lasted more than a week and caused more than 510 heat-related deaths, according to estimates from the Carlos III Health Institute. The photo shows a view of a windmill burning by a wildfire at night outside Tabara, Zamora, in Spain. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

In Spain, a wildfire raced across a field and engulfed a excavator near the northern town of Tabara, forcing the driver to run for his life as flames burned the clothes off his back. The heatwave has lasted more than a week and caused more than 510 heat-related deaths, according to estimates from the Carlos III Health Institute. The photo shows a view of a windmill burning by a wildfire at night outside Tabara, Zamora, in Spain. (REUTERS)

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Other European nations like Greece, Italy, Croatia and Switzerland have also reported incidents of smaller forest flames and heatwaves. In Italy, forecasters expect temperatures above 40C in several regions incoming days. Meanwhile, Switzerland also suffered the effects of the heatwave. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

Other European nations like Greece, Italy, Croatia and Switzerland have also reported incidents of smaller forest flames and heatwaves. In Italy, forecasters expect temperatures above 40C in several regions incoming days. Meanwhile, Switzerland also suffered the effects of the heatwave. (REUTERS)

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Weather forecasters and civil protection officials have warned that strong winds have greatly increased the risk of wildfires in several regions in Greece. At least 51 smaller forest fires have been reported in the last 24 hours. Central Greece, Attica and Crete are among the areas at the highest risk. In photo, beachgoers watch smoke produced by wildfires in La Teste-de-Buch forest, Arcachon, France. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

Weather forecasters and civil protection officials have warned that strong winds have greatly increased the risk of wildfires in several regions in Greece. At least 51 smaller forest fires have been reported in the last 24 hours. Central Greece, Attica and Crete are among the areas at the highest risk. In photo, beachgoers watch smoke produced by wildfires in La Teste-de-Buch forest, Arcachon, France. (REUTERS)

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The heatwave is now spreading north, forcing thousands of residents and holidaymakers to flee the continent. Scientists have blamed climate change for the extreme weather conditions and predict more frequent and intense episodes of heatwaves and drought. (REUTERS) View Photos in a new improved layout
Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST

The heatwave is now spreading north, forcing thousands of residents and holidaymakers to flee the continent. Scientists have blamed climate change for the extreme weather conditions and predict more frequent and intense episodes of heatwaves and drought. (REUTERS)

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