LISBON, July 10 (Xinhua) — Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Sunday referred to as for residents to take the utmost care with the risk of fires within the nation, which is able to attain “a peak of aggravation” within the coming days and can prolong all through the week.
According to the pinnacle of state, Portugal is experiencing “a way more severe state of affairs” of drought and warmth than the one “usually confronted in the summertime interval.”
Speaking to the press on the headquarters of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority, in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa admitted that the risk of fires “might improve dramatically” from Tuesday, July 12, “masking the complete nationwide territory.”
He appealed to the Portuguese and “native authorities” to restrict actions that “contain dangers”.
In the meantime, Portugal activated the European Civil Protection Mechanism on Sunday to request “emergency help for fires within the central half of the nation.”
“As a right away response, the European Commission this morning mobilized two Canadair firefighting planes from its fleet situated in Spain,” the European Union’s government physique stated in a press release.
The state of affairs is worsening within the nation’s central area and on the border with Spain, a indisputable fact that led Portugal to hitch efforts with the neighboring nation to share tools, brokers, and planes to battle in opposition to forest fires.
Portugal recorded 32 outbreaks of forest fires on Sunday, in line with the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection.