Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Portugal's interior minister quits amid criticism of gov't wildfire response


Portugal's interior minister quits amid criticism of gov't wildfire response
Portugal's interior minister resigned Wednesday as the government faced mounting criticism of its handling of wildfires that have killed over 100 people since June.

Constanca Urbano de Sousa said in her letter of resignation that "I didn't have the political and personal conditions to continue in my post."

The interior ministry presides over the country's firefighters, police and civil protection agencies. All have faced blame in their reaction to the deadly fires.

Since Sunday, firefighters have been contending with hundreds of blazes across northern Portugal, brought on by drought conditions and the driest summer in 90 years. At least 41 people have died, and fire and rescue services are overwhelmed.

A June forest fire alone was responsible for 64 deaths.
 [upi.com]
 18/10/17
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