Now Reading:

Village evacuated amid Portuguese fires

world news

Village evacuated amid Portuguese fires


Raging wildfires in Portugal have forced the authorities to evacuate a small mountain village in the north of the country.

Reportedly about 100 people were moved to safety from their homes in the Peneda-Geres national park close to the Spanish border.

Two fires in the area were brought under control. But three others were still burning, more than 48 hours after they started.

Altogether firefighters are still battling around 30 wildfires that killed two of their colleagues earlier this week. Most have been in the north and centre of the country.

Helicopters and planes have been taking off as often as possible to try to douse the flames. Help has also come from abroad: France has sent two military planes under an EU civil protection plan.

Organisers of the Tour of Portugal cycling race had to modify the route today, shortening the 7th stage by some 40 kilometres because of the fires.

The latest estimates are that around 20,000 hectares of forest have been destroyed across the country.

More about:

Every story can be told in many ways: see the perspectives from Euronews journalists in our other language teams.

Next Article