Portugal declares ‘state of contingency’ to tackle wildfires caused due to heat wave

Portugal recorded about 32 forest fires on Sunday and more than 2,000 operational agents are still fighting in several municipalities, according to the National Disaster and Civil Protection Authority. The department said more than 639 vehicles and seven air vehicles were used to quell the blaze in Portugal. Earlier on Saturday, the Portuguese government declared a “state of emergency” between July 11 and 15.

In addition, as Years, Portuguese Interior Minister Jose Luis Carnero said in a statement that the temperature was expected to exceed “45 degrees Celsius” in some areas and that the Civil Defense Department was working to “fight all available means” to fight the blaze. He also said that the weather is likely to worsen due to lack of humidity and dry winds. In addition, according to the Faroe Islands Operations District of the Algarov region, a man died in a fire in Albufera in southern Portugal on Sunday morning.

Portugal has been experiencing a devastating forest fire for a long time. In 2017, the fire killed more than 100 people. Heat waves and droughts are also not uncommon in the country. However, climate scientists say that all of Southern Europe can expect high temperatures and low rainfall due to global warming. Meanwhile, the European Union (EU) has said that climate change is one of the worst years of natural disasters, such as droughts and wildfires.

96% of Portugal is experiencing a “severe” drought.

At least 96 percent of Portugal was hit by a “severe” or “severe” drought in June, the highest category. Even in the event of a disaster in Portugal, police and forest rangers are on regular patrol. The Portuguese government says the worst fires are from July to September.

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