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Portugal's 'worst week' for wildfire damage

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By Euronews
Portugal's 'worst week' for wildfire damage

Portugal has been battling wildfires for more than a week.


Entire villages have been surrounded by flames, more than 4,000 firefighters and 30 aircraft have been deployed to extinguish more than one hundred separate fires across the mainland.

Sao Pedro do Sul was the latest town to be engulfed in flames.

“This is an unfair fight, because not only depends on us, the weather is an important factor, so the we do our best,” explained Elísio Oliveira Firefighters Operational Commander in Sao Pedro do Sul. “There are more than 800 involved in operations, the goal is to put out this fire.”

In Agueda, the mayor said it was the worst fire the area had experienced.


Drone footage shows the charred ruins on the island of Madeira.

Three people were killed and more than 200 buildings were damaged or destroyed after wildfires broke out.

Hundreds were evacuated, some had watched their homes burn to the ground.

“We lost our house on Tuesday night,” explained Vitor at a temporary shelter, “now we`re here waiting to find out if we’re going to be relocated, or not.”

Police believe the fires may have been deliberately started by arsonists. Several suspects have been arrested.

Madeira-born Cristiano Ronaldo has offered financial assistance.