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Wildfires and heatwaves plague Europe; mercury at record levels kills 7

The World Meteorological Organization said this week that 2019 was on track to be among the world's hottest years, and 2015-2019 would then be the hottest five-year period on record

People walk beside beach cabins on a pebbled beach, during sunset as a heatwave hits France, in Cayeux-sur-Mer. Photo: Reuters
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People walk beside beach cabins on a pebbled beach, during sunset as a heatwave hits France, in Cayeux-sur-Mer. Photo: Reuters

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Hundreds of firefighters brought wildfires under control in southern France on Saturday as a stifling heatwave brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of Europe, killing at least seven people.

In the worst-hit Gard region, where France’s highest-ever temperature was registered on Friday at 45.9 degrees Celsius (114 degrees Fahrenheit), scores of overnight fires burned some 550 hectares (about 1,360 acres) of land and destroyed several houses and vehicles.

“We came very close to a disaster,” Didier Lauga, prefect of the Gard, told reporters. “There are still firefighters in place in case fires break out again.”

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First Published: Jun 30 2019 | 9:01 AM IST

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