Wildfires kill at least 30 in Portugal and Spain

Wildfires kill at least 30 in Portugal and Spain

At least 32 people including a one-month-old baby have been killed in northern Portugal and Spain, where hundreds of wildfires have forced residents to flee from towns and villages.

Portugal’s national civil protection authority said the infant had been missing after a wildfire near Tabua, 120 miles (200km) north of Lisbon. Seven people were missing and 56 people were injured – 16 of them seriously, the agency said.

The death toll in Portugal, where a huge fire killed 64 people in June, is likely to rise. The government declared a state of emergency for regions north of the Tajo river.

More than 6,000 firefighters were battling more than 500 wildfires on Sunday – the highest number of fires in a single day for more than 10 years. Portugal has asked for help from its European partners and Morocco.
[PTI]

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