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Forest fires cause devastation in Spain and Portugal

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Forest fires cause devastation in Spain and Portugal


There will be an emergency meeting of a Spanish government task force today, to assess the damage caused by dozens of forest fires which have raged across the north of the country. Thousands of hectares are affected across Catalonia and the region of Galicia. High temperatures and weeks of drought have left the countryside dangerously dry. In Galicia, fire-fighters were working overnight to contain more than 40 separate blazes, at least three of which are categorized as serious.

In Catalonia, strong winds are fanning the flames, making the job more difficult. Across the border, the Portuguese emergency services fought to contain dozens of fires over the weekend. Ten of the country’s 18 regions have been affected. Saturday saw the worst of it so far, according to officials. Some 422 separate incidents were logged. A dozen fire-fighters were affected by noxious fumes after a chemical factory north of Lisbon was engulfed by the flames. An inquiry into the incident has been launched.

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