Europe heatwave: Deadly wildfires spread in Mediterranean

Saturday - 16/07/2022 07:56
Thousands of firefighters are battling wildfires in Portugal, Spain and southwestern France, in the grip of a heatwave that shows no sign of easing.
EPA / Baiao, Portugal: The fires in the north are Portugal's worst since 2017
EPA / Baiao, Portugal: The fires in the north are Portugal's worst since 2017

In northern Portugal, a pilot died when his waterbombing plane crashed in the Foz Coa area, near the Spanish border.

Fires are ravaging areas of France's Gironde region, where more than 12,000 people have been evacuated.

In southern Spain, near the Costa del Sol, about 2,300 people had to flee a wildfire spreading in the Mijas hills.

Holidaymakers on the beach in Torremolinos saw big plumes of smoke rising in the hills, where several aircraft were tackling the blaze.

Meanwhile, one local resident described the forest fires near France's south-west Atlantic coast as feeling "post-apocalyptic".

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