Monday, September 20, 2021

1,800 firefighters battles to limit wildfire in central Portugal, 20 injured including villagers


Zubair Yaqoob
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More than 1,800 firefighters battled to limit wildfire that struck central Portugal on Saturday. Around 20 people injured including firefighters. Spreading wildfire forced the authorities to evict residents of a village.

However, strong winds make it difficult for firefighters to quench fires, which have taken place overnight, in Castelo Branco, located approximately 225 kilometers northeast of Lisbon.

According to Portugal’s civil defense, some villagers have been evacuated and one injured victim has been taken to a hospital in Lisbon for treatment.

In addition, seven firefighters were injured in the fire.

Fires also occur in Macao, the city near the Santarem district, when the temperature is expected to reach 34 degrees Celsius Sunday.

Mayor of Vila de Rei, Ricardo Aires, another city affected by fire, told the RTP broadcasting station, saying it faced a lack of firefighters and other assistance.

However, Portuguese troops say that a total of 20 soldiers have been deployed to the city, to help fire-fighting operations, along with four bulldozers.

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in a statement, said he was monitoring the situation and expressed support for all the affected parties.

Authorities said they hope to control the fire till late Sunday.

Read also: Forest fire destroys over 2000 hectares of land in Spain

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