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Wildfires trap 2,000 people in town in central Portugal

Wildfires trap 2,000 people in town in central Portugal
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-08-19


Forest fires have cut off a town of 2,000 people in Portugal, as firefighters struggle to control two large blazes in the centre of the country. Wildfires across southern Europe amid scorching heatwave – in pictures Read more “It’s impossible to leave or to enter Mação because of the flames and the smoke,” Vasco Estrela, mayor of Mação, told Lusa news agency. The blaze...(Read More)

Floods and devastation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh – in pictures

Floods and devastation in India, Nepal and Bangladesh – in pictures
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-08-16


Nearly 250 people have died in the last few days as a result of flooding and landslides that have devastated parts of northern India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Millions of people have been displaced across the region, and 245 people are recorded to have been killed by collapsed buildings or by drowning. In Nepal, incessant rain has flooded hundreds of villages leaving 110 people dead. The government...(Read More)

Italian firefighter filmed starting blaze amid wildfires across country

Italian firefighter filmed starting blaze amid wildfires across country
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-08-13


A volunteer firefighter has been filmed starting a blaze in northern Italy at a time when the country is struggling to cope with a spate of wildfires. A 28-year-old man was arrested in Pavia, Lombardy, on suspicion of setting fire to hedges and rubbish bins before returning to his force’s base, alerting colleagues and rushing with them to put out the blaze. Police said he was suspected of having...(Read More)

'They don't care': Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-08-10


The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the devastating floods and landslides that swept the country’s north-east have fallen on deaf ears. Routine abuse of Delhi's maids laid bare as class divide spills into violence | Amrit Dhillon Read more About 2 million people...(Read More)

Firefighters arrested in Sicily for starting blazes to earn extra money

Firefighters arrested in Sicily for starting blazes to earn extra money
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-08-07


Fifteen volunteer firefighters have been arrested in Sicily on suspicion of starting wildfires and reporting non-existent blazes so they could earn €10 (£9) an hour for putting them out. Police in Ragusa province, in the south of the Mediterranean island, said the fire department became suspicious when it emerged that the auxiliary brigade had responded to 120 incidents compared with just 40...(Read More)

Moules frites with a difference: Belgium cooks up reefs scheme to save beaches

Moules frites with a difference: Belgium cooks up reefs scheme to save beaches
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-08-04


The humble mussel, that much-loved staple of Belgian cuisine, has been deployed by scientists in an innovative attempt to save the country’s storm-battered beaches. Small artificial reefs of mussels, algae and tube worms have been built off the Belgian coast to test whether eco-friendly barriers can protect Flemish beaches from storms brewing in the North Sea. A pilot project has been launched...(Read More)

India floods: 213 killed in Gujarat as receding waters reveal more victims

India floods: 213 killed in Gujarat as receding waters reveal more victims
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-08-01


Severe monsoon flooding has killed 213 people in western India with officials fearing the death toll would rise as receding waters revealed additional victims. Nearly 130,000 people have been relocated to safer ground in Gujarat state after hundreds of cities and villages were devastated by weeks of torrential rain. Helicopters and boats are combing areas including the deluged Banaskantha district...(Read More)

Two French teenagers in court on suspicion of causing wildfires

Two French teenagers in court on suspicion of causing wildfires
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-07-29


Two adolescent boys are to go before a judge on Friday on suspicion of deliberately starting one of the wildfires that devastated parts of south-eastern France and Corsica this week. The two boys, both aged 16, were stopped on Wednesday by police who believed arson was behind the blaze in Carros, north of Nice, where 150 hectares (370 acres) of vegetation were burnt, according to the deputy police...(Read More)

France: wildfires burn close to tourist towns in Corsica and Côte d

France: wildfires burn close to tourist towns in Corsica and Côte d'Azur
Written by Eric Blackmon on 2017-07-26


France has asked for Europe’s help in fighting wildfires that have consumed swaths of forest close to the popular resort of Saint-Tropez and on the island of Corsica. Over 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by 19 water bombers have been mobilised to extinguish the blazes. At least seven firefighters have been injured and 15 police officers affected by smoke inhalation since the fires broke out...(Read More)





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