Thousands flee wildfires sweeping through France, Spain and Portugal | World

The storm sparked wildfires in southern France that forced more than 12,000 people from their homes and ruined holidays.

The swell in the Mediterranean brought apocalyptic scenes to Spain and Portugal, with more than 75,000 hectares (30,000 acres) of land on fire and temperatures in the northern Portuguese city of Pinhao at 47C.

The pilot of the firefighting plane died on Friday. Another person died in Spain and 160 were injured in Portugal.

Several days ago, fires started to break out in much of southern Europe following an unusually dry and warm spring.

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