The heat wave in Europe sows death in Spain

The heat wave in Europe is spreading death in Spain

Smoky sky near La Teste- de-Buch, in southwestern France, where fires have already ravaged thousands of hectares of forest.

The heat wave that has been hitting Europe for nearly 10 days has caused the death of “more than 500 people” in Spain, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said during a trip to Aragon.

I ask citizens to be extremely careful, added Mr. Sanchez. The excess mortality would be due to this heat wave, where the mercury reached 45 ° C, but this is an estimate of the number of deaths and not an official register, warned the Public Institute Carlos III.

According to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Spanish National Meteorological Agency, the current heat wave is the largest and most intense ever recorded in the country.

Many regions Spanish cities are also ravaged by fires which have so far destroyed thousands of hectares across the country.

Forest fires also affect France and Greece.

The heat wave of the last few days has spread over a good part of western Europe, affecting Portugal, the United Kingdom and France, and sweeps away many temperature records. This is the second episode of intense heat in a month in Europe.

In France, two fires have destroyed nearly 20,600 hectares of forest in Gironde since July 12. However, the fire seemed to be slowing down on Wednesday: the results are positive, even if the fires are not always fixed, spokesman for the firefighters, Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Mendousse, told the press.

French President Emmanuel Macron was due to go to La Teste-de-Buch on Wednesday, then to Langon, 40 kilometers south of Bordeaux, alongside firefighters, civil security personnel, forces of the& #x27;ordre, elected officials and all those mobilized, announced the Élysée.

In Greece, after a turbulent night, air assets were deployed to fight a fire that is ravaging the foot of Mount Penteli, north of Athens, and threatening many homes.

Nearly 500 firefighters, 120 vehicles, 10 helicopters and 9 planes were still mobilized on Wednesday to try to put out the fire.

Several other fires have declared almost everywhere in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom. Three fires around London mobilized 300 firefighters, but there were no injuries.

In a village east of London, a 40-hectare fire broke out, affecting homes, buildings and garages. Ten people had to be evacuated. The origin of the blaze has not been established.

A fire swept through fields and destroyed several houses in the village of Wennington, about thirty kilometers from central London.< /p>

London firefighters say they had their busiest night since World War II.

Records for heat have since fallen the last days in Europe. It was 40.2°C at Heathrow airport, a temperature never reached, then 40.3°C in the village of Coningsby, in the northeast of England, according to the #x27; Met Office weather agency.

Scotland also broke records with 34.8°C. In France, 40°C has been exceeded in hundreds of cities.

With information from Agence France-Presse

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