IN PICTURES: Death toll rises as wildfires rage across Spain and Portugal

WILDFIRES continue to burn across swathes of northern Spain and Portugal with the vast majority in Galicia believed to have been started deliberately.

Between Friday and Sunday afternoon there were 146 fires reported (see map below) with 28 in the early hours of the mornings  when fire-fighting helicopters cannot be used.

At least three people have died in Spain and a similar number in Portugal.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes.

The president of Galicia, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, tweeted “My commiserations and pain to the victims. My abhorrence to the fire starters. Galicia supports the [firefighting] teams; they not only put out fires, but they save lives.”

He condemned what he described as the “murderous” acts of “fire starters”, pleading with those responsible for “a minimum of sensitivity and responsibility”.

He later told reporters, “They are absolutely intentional fires, meditated, caused by people who know what they are doing.”Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is from Galicia, also tweeted his condolences for the dead.

The Ministry of Defence has deployed a total of 600 soldiers from the UME brigade to join the 350 firefighters, 220 pumps and air assets.


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