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Portugal still battling deadly wildfires


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Portugal still battling deadly wildfires

Deadly wildfires continue to ravage Portugal.

Firefighters are still battling dozens of separate blazes in the north and centre of the country after scorching summer temperatures left bushland tinder dry.

The scale of the task facing authorities has stretched services to breaking point. It means many people are being left to frantically fight the flames themselves.

‘‘Everything burned. Absolutely everything. Yesterday it was my neighbour’s farm that was on fire. We’ve already used up all the water in the irrigation wells and even now no firefighter appears. We’ve asked the fire service, police and the town hall and nobody comes, as you can see,’‘ one woman said.

Strong winds are also fanning the flames – thought to have affected nearly 20,000 hectares so far – including Peneda-Geres national park, the only one in Portugal.

The wildfires are often blamed on arsonists or people carelessly dropping cigarette ends.

Two firefighters have already died this summer.

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