Heat wave-related deaths rise in Europe

Firefighters struggle to contain out of control wildfires in France and Spain as Europe wilts under an unusually extreme heat wave that authorities have linked to an increase in the excessive death rate.

Two massive fires that ravaged pine forests for six days just south of the city of Bordeaux in southwestern France have led to the evacuation of some 14,000 people, many of whom would spend their holidays at campsites.

In Spain, firefighters, supported by the armed forces’ emergency brigades, are trying to eradicate more than 30 wildfires across the country.

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