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Europe Counts Cost of Wildfires as UK Braces for Record Heatwave

  • Thousands flee in France and Spain as fires destroy forests
  • Italy’s Po river levels fall, while harvests hurt by drought
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Heatwave Brings Soaring Temperatures Across UK, Europe

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes across Europe as deadly wildfires sparked by soaring temperatures burn down swathes of woodland and threaten to destroy homes.

Fires have devastated thousands of hectares near Bordeaux, in France’s Gironde wine region, as well as across southern and western Spain. While blazes in Portugal were subsiding on Sunday, areas of Turkey, Croatia and Greece were also left scorched by wildfires.