Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Hundreds forced to leave homes as fires sweep through Portugal

Hundreds of people across mainland Portugal and Madeira were forced to leave their homes due to forest fires which spread rapidly on Tuesday.

Over 940 firefighters are on the ground to fight the forest fires, according to local media reports.

In Madeira, hundreds of people left their homes and two fire fighters were injured.

On Tuesday evening, the government is sending a fire fighting force to the Madeira regions affected, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said.

Mayor of Funchal Paulo Cafofo told local media that people are being forced to leave the areas of Babosas and Curral dos Romeiros.

The Hotel Choupana Hills has also been evacuated due to the fire, which has been spreading due to strong wind.

Earlier Tuesday, President of the Regional Government of Madeira Miguel Albuquerque said two firefighters were injured and needed hospital assistance.

Around 174 people needed medical assistance due to breathing problems.

An elderly man who refused to abandon his home suffered severe injuries and was flown in an airforce plane to the burns unit of the hospital in Lisbon Santa Maria.

Despite the alarming figures of people affected the government of Madeira said the fires were under control.

Other fires have raged in the past days through mainland Portugal affecting regions like Aveiro, Viseu, Leiria, Portalegre and Viana do Castelo.

1 comment:

  1. At least three people were killed in the Portuguese island of Madeira in wildfires which have been affecting the country, Visao weekly reported Wednesday...

    The incident occurred Tuesday, with fires burning for two days on the island. The wildfires seriously injured at least two people and led to some 1,000 evacuations.

    Continental Portugal has also been experiencing wildfires for several days after temperatures rose to 35 degrees Celsius.

    Wildfires are frequent in the country during summer months. In 2013, tens of thousands of hectares of forests were reportedly destroyed.


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