Wildfires in France, Spain, Portugal - Europe braces for worst heatwave | In photos

Almost all of Europe is on alert over an impending heatwave as temperatures touch record levels and forestlands turn into

Published on Jul 19, 2022 01:35 PM IST 8 Photos

In France, the forest blaze forced more than 16,000 people – residents and tourists combined – to leave their cities and towns. Additional teams of firefighting planes, 200 firefighters and trucks are being sent to curb the fire. (AP)

In Portugal – among the worst hit by the raging widlfires – almost the entire country is still on high alert for forest fires despite a slight drop in temperatures. The country hit 47 degrees Celsius – a record for the month of July – last week. (AP)

Charred bodies of an elderly couple, who were trying to escape the wildfires, were found inside a burned-out vehicle in the devastated Portuguese northern municipality of Murça, authorities said on Monday. “It is a completely dramatic situation that is happening in the municipality of Murça... more than half of the municipality on fire,” Murça's mayor, Mário Artur Lopes, told broadcasters. (AP)

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Britain was heading for its highest temperatures on record and firefighters battled blazes across southern Europe as a heatwave sent people hunting for shade and compounded fears about climate change. The government triggered a "national emergency" alert. British train companies have cancelled services and schools have also been closed as officials urged the public to stay home. (REUTERS)

In Spain, a wildfire raced across a field and engulfed a excavator near the northern town of Tabara, forcing the driver to run for his life as flames burned the clothes off his back. The heatwave has lasted more than a week and caused more than 510 heat-related deaths, according to estimates from the Carlos III Health Institute. The photo shows a view of a windmill burning by a wildfire at night outside Tabara, Zamora, in Spain. (REUTERS)

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