Wildfires kill at least 35

Wildfires kill at least 35

This is the worst such tragedy since wildfires killed 64 people in June, civil protection officials say.

Gaspar said the fires that broke out on Sunday were caused by "higher than average temperatures for the season and the cumulative effect of drought, which has been felt since the start of the year".

Two brothers in their 40s from the town of Penacova, who were trying to put out one of the fires, were among those killed.

"We went through absolute hell, it was disgusting".

Caption: People push a van that got stuck bringing water for volunteers to fight a wild fire raging near houses in the outskirts of Obidos, Portugal, in the early hours of on October 16.

More than 50 people have also been injured.

The Portuguese government said it had called on European Union members and Morocco to help in the firefighting efforts, but so far only Italy had agreed to send two water bombers due to arrive in the evening. The fire destroyed about 29,000 hectares, (nearly 72,000 acres).

Arsonists are being blamed for causing most of the 105 fires in the Galicia region of northwest Spain, which borders Portugal.

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As he visited firefighters in Pazos de Borben, Mr Rajoy said: "What we are seeing here doesn't happen accidentally".

Hundreds of firefighters backed by water-dropping helicopters and planes were battling 19 large wildfires in Galicia on Monday, the regional government said in a statement.

Alberto Nunez Feijoo, Galicia's president, has claimed 90% of the forest fires in the area are intentional - adding: "All of Galicia is weeping this morning for our razed hills, but especially for the loss of human lives".

Five wildfires were raging near Vigo, Galicia's biggest city, forcing authorities to close schools, roads and factories and shelter people forced to leave their homes in sports centres and hotels.

In Spain's Galicia region, at least three people are dead.

The dead included two women found inside a burnt out vehicle and a man in his seventies killed as he tried to save his farm animals.

Meteorologists said Ophelia was the most powerful hurricane recorded so far east in the Atlantic and the first since 1939 to travel so far north.

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