Portugal counts the cost

Published on 16 August 2010 at 10:23


While the ongoing forest blazes in Russia continue to worry observers, record fires in Portugal have caused an estimated 210 million euros worth of damage, says the Lisbon daily i. Quoting estimates provided by the European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS), 70% of the nearly 128,000 hectares that have burned this summer in the European Union are in Portugal. Even as recently as this last weekend, 687 fires were still been raging throughout the country.

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