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Forest fires in Portugal and Spain: dozens dead, authorities suspect arson

Forest fires in the South-West of Europe led to the deaths of more than forty residents of Portugal, three people were killed in Spain. The number of victims exceeded fifty people, as fifteen z them doctors estimate as heavy. Among the missing is a baby born a month ago.

About it writes on Tuesday, October 17, publishing RFI.

The flames raged all weekend, a hundred dozens of fires are still not extinguished. According to the leadership of these countries, the cause of the fire was arson, which led to the catastrophe in the hot weather and strong winds, brought to Europe by the hurricane «Ophelia».

«What we’re dealing with, could not begin by itself. There is a clear provocation,» – said the Prime Minister of Spain Mariano Rajoy at a meeting with firefighters in Galicia, the website of the BBC news channel.

With fire fighting thousands of firefighters, assisted by residents of the affected regions. In half of settlements of the Portuguese state of emergency: dozens of roads closed , there are some educational institutions.

We will remind that in June of this year, Portugal has experienced the most destructive wildfires in its history that took the lives of over 60 people.

Forest fires in Portugal and Spain: dozens dead, authorities suspect arson

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