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Wildfires kill at least 30 in Portugal and Spain

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:07

At least 30 people died in wildfires raging through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and neighbouring Spain on Sunday and Monday, officials say. Julian Satterthwaite reports

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At least 30 people have died as wildfires rage through parched farmlands and forests in Portugal and neighbouring Spain. Twenty-seven of those deaths coming in Portugal, where authorities say they are still battling about 145 blazes. Around 100 fires are still blazing in Spain. Lisbon has declared a state of emergency in territory north of the Tagus river, about half of its landmass. The country's Interior Minister blaming climate change as the government asked for international help. Flames have ripped across countryside left tinder-dry by an unusually hot summer and early autumn, fanned by strong winds as remnants of ex-Hurricane Ophelia brushed the Iberian coast. Officials in Portugal and Spain say they believe arsonists started some of the blazes. Spain's Interior Minister said some of those responsible had already been identified. At least one person was arrested in Portugal too. The alleged arsonists could face up to 20 years in jail if convicted.

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Wildfires kill at least 30 in Portugal and Spain

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 01:07