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July 18 world breaking news brief

Spain, Portugal and Italy on high alert battling heat wave in Europe

A tourist drinks a beer while sitting on the edge of Levante beach in Benidorm, Spain, on July 16, 2022, as a heat wave sweeps Spain. (Photo: Zovi Voten/Getty Images)

Authorities in Spain, Portugal and Italy struggle to control the current heat wave as intense temperatures scorched areas across the European continent this Monday.

The president of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, said on Monday that he wanted to share evidence that “climate change kills”, while visiting the region of Extremadura ravaged by wildfires in western Spain.

“I want to share the evidence and it is that climate change kills, it kills people as we have seen, it kills our ecosystems, our biodiversity,” Sanchez said.

“It also destroys our most valuable assets, societies affected by these changes, their homes, their homes, their businesses, their livestock.”

Sanchez further said that so far this year, more than 70,000 hectares have been destroyed as a result of fires in our country.

According to Spain’s national weather agency AEMET, almost the entire country is facing the risk of extreme fires, with many areas now classified as “extreme” heat levels.

This Monday, Spain was facing an eighth of a week’s heat wave, which has caused more than 510 heat-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Carlos III Health Institute.

Spain is also mourning the loss of firefighter Daniel Gulón Vara, working to extinguish forest fires in the province of Zamora. During his visit to the area, Sanchez offered his condolences, saying that Daniel represents those who “fight on the front lines of the fire every day.”

In Portugal, about 80 municipalities in 10 districts remain at the highest risk level for wildfire, especially in the north-east of the country, according to the Portuguese Meteorological Service, the Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).

The Portuguese Civil Protection Authority said in its latest update that around 1,000 firefighters, supported by about 300 vehicles and aircraft, are stationed across the country battling five major wildfires. The largest of the fires is currently in Fundao in the Castello Branco district.

Temperatures in Portugal have cooled slightly after hitting a record high for the month of July last week. On this Monday, the temperature was below 30ºC in most parts of the country.

Despite a slight respite, the IPMA has predicted that the temperature will rise again from Wednesday with temperatures reaching around 40 degrees Celsius in some areas.

The regions of Italy most affected by the drought must ration water, as the country declared a state of emergency earlier this month.

In areas near the Po River valley, cities are shutting off water supplies at night and residents are being prevented from washing their cars and watering their gardens.

In the small town of Castaneso near Bologna, a mayor’s order has banned barbers and barbers from washing their customers’ hair twice to save water before supplies run out.

In Italy’s financial center Milan, the mayor has ordered the closure of all decorative fountains and banned private vehicles from washing or watering gardens and lawns.

And in Rome, according to the Rome City Council, free access to swimming pools is offered for people over the age of 70 “to provide them with the refreshment to withstand the high summer temperatures”.

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