Portugal and Spain wildfires: Newborn among dozens dead in hundreds of blazes

Russell Hope, News Reporter

A one-month-old baby is among at least 36 people confirmed dead in Portugal, along with three others in Spain, after parts of both countries were ravaged by hundreds of wildfires.

The newborn had been missing after a wildfire near Tabua, around 120 miles (200km) north of the Portuguese capital, Lisbon. The bodies of its parents were found nearby.

At least 36 people have been killed in Portugal, where flames have been fanned by strong winds from Storm Ophelia in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lisbon has declared a state of emergency as more than 5,300 firefighters continue to tackle dozens of fires.

Sixteen people have been seriously injured in Portugal, with a further seven declared missing.

Footage has shown locals using whatever they can to bring blazes under control - including buckets, branches and hoses.

Spain's Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, has travelled to the northwestern region of Galicia, where thousands of people have been evacuated.

Five wildfires were raging near Vigo, Galicia's biggest city, forcing authorities to close schools, roads and factories - with people taking shelter in sports centres and hotels.

Officials there have blamed arsonists for causing most of the 105 fires.

The three dead included two people who were killed when they became trapped by flames in a van in Chandebrito.

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

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."

Portugal's civil protection agency said the fires there had broken out in "exceptional" weather circumstances - and unseasonably high temperatures mean the situation remains "critical".

Cooler, wetter weather is forecast for the coming days, which may give some respite to firefighters tackling the blazes.

Portugal has been especially hard hit by wildfires this year, including one in June that killed 64 people.

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