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Canary Islands in grip of wildfires

Canary Islands in grip of wildfires
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Spanish firefighters are still battling the worst outbreak of wildfires for ten years.

Hardest hit is the popular Canary Island tourist destination Tenerife which has lost 200 hectares of land over the weekend.

The 40 degree plus temperatures and lack of rain have meant nearly 5,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Tenerife and neighbouring La Gomera.

Rescuers have shut some roads on both islands. Some households on La Gomera were trapped by the advancing flames with the sea as the only means of escape.

Naturalists fear damage to rare species of flora in a national park at the centre of the island.

Mainland Spain is feeling the heat too. Last month four tourists died in Catalonia. Currently in the northern region of Galicia firefighters say they have almost brought the outbreaks of the last few days under control, but several fire-crews are still working in the area.

The fires are taking lives and damaging the living too. They are affecting tourist areas, an industry vital to the country’s faltering economy.

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