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Loulé, Portugal, Aug. 9 (Lusa) - The head of civil protection for Portugal’s Faro district, in the Algarve, on Thursday expressed concern about the UK government’s decision to issue an alert advising its nationals not to travel to parts of Portugal affected by the current fires.
"We have always tried to convey the idea that the Algarve remains and is a safe destination that protects those who are in some way affected by this question," said Jorge Botelho after a meeting of the Faro district committee.
Botelho, who is president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community (Amal) and, ex oficio, of the District Commission for Civil Protection, stressed that "there are areas of the Algarve where this is not happening".
The UK Foreign Office on Wednesday issued an alert, which remained in place on Thursday, advising its nationals not to travel to the areas of Portugal affected by fires, such as the Algarve.
" For your own safety, travel to the areas where the fires are burning is not advised,” the notice on the FO website states. “If you’re already in the area, follow the instructions of the Portuguese police and Civil Protection authorities."
The webpage provides contact details for UK consular services in Portugal and notes that some 2.3 million UK nationals visited the country in 2016, according to official UK data.
The site specifically mentions the fire that started in Monchique on Friday and has spread to other municipalities, and whose smoke is visible from some beaches.
Botelho told journalists that the district’s civil protection system "has truly worked" in its support of people affected by the fire that is ravaging the Algarve forested interior.
"The civil protection system - and we have met with all those involved – has truly worked to support residents, the homeless, the people who have had to leave their homes” and be temporarily rehoused, he stressed. More than 1,000 firefighters were on Thursday contining to battle the blaze, which has spread to Silves, Portimão and Odemira, in the neighbouring Alentejo region.
According to operational commanders, 36 people have been injured in the fire, one of them seriously, and 299 people have been displaced, after the evacuation of several villages and isolated homesteads.
On Tuesday, the fifth day of fire, national civil defence commanders took over operational control of the effort, which was previously under district commanders.

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Date : 2018-08-10 09:53:32







 

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