Friday, December 15, 2017

Twenty seven people have died in a new spate of wildfires in Portugal, the country’s civil protection agency has said.

Agency spokeswoman Patricia Gaspar said the deaths occurred after blazes broke out in “exceptional” weather circumstances.

Emergency services recorded more than 500 wildfires on Sunday, the highest number of the year in a single day and the worst in more than 10 years.

Portugal has been especially hard hit by wildfires this year, including one that killed 64 people in June.

A prolonged drought and mid-October temperatures of more than 30C (86 F) have fuelled the fires.

Rain was forecast to fall later on Monday and bring some respite for firefighters.

Spain was also battling a series of wildfires.

AP