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Again, villages in Portugal evacuated because of forest fires

Again, villages in Portugal evacuated because of forest fires

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Less than two months after the severe forest fires in Portugal, which is 64 casualties, in the country Friday, a further four villages evacuated.

Especially the surroundings of Abrantes, 130 kilometers northeast of Lisbon, is heavily affected. More than 2100 firefighters are working on getting the 170 fires to fight.

Many homes in the region by fire is threatened, and the house of an octogenarian resident is destroyed. During the evacuation of the villages were a number of older residents in a panic. By the around interlocking fires are the roads closed.

The mayor of Abrantes, Maria do Céu Albuquerque, told news channel RTP that “there is one dangerous source of fire is that much work will cost.” The coming days will be in the region of temperatures of over 35 degrees expected, in combination with a strong wind.

Portugal again ravaged by forest fires

Less than two months after the severe forest fires in Portugal, which is 64 casualties, in the country again, four villages evacuated.
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More than 2100 firefighters are deployed to the 170 fires to fight.
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Especially the surroundings of Abrantes, 130 kilometers northeast of Lisbon, is heavily affected.
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The locals shot the fire brigade to help extinguish the fire.
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By the around interlocking fires are the roads closed.
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Pedrógão Grande

Portugal is experiencing this year, the heaviest forest fires since 2005. In June, 64 people with violent burning in the region of Pedrógão Grande, about two hundred kilometers northeast of Lisbon. Many of the victims were with their cars on the road when they enclosed were by the flames. Also died a number of people through smoke inhalation.

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This is what we know about the great forest fires in Portugal

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