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Russian Amphibious Aircraft Arrive in Portugal to Help Tackle Wildfire

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The Russian Emergencies Ministry said that two Russian Beriev Be-200 multirole amphibious aircraft have landed in Portugal on Saturday to assist the country in fighting deadly forest fires.

Russian Emergencies Ministry Sends Amphibious Jets to Battle Portugal Wildfire
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Two Russian Beriev Be-200 multirole amphibious aircraft have landed in Portugal on Saturday to assist the country in fighting deadly forest fires, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said Saturday.

"Five minutes apart — at 21.30 MSK (18:30 GMT) and 21.35 MSK — Be-200 planes of the Russian Emergencies Ministry landed at the airport of the city of Leiria," the ministry’s representative said.

According to the Russian ministry, Russian pilots are conducting preparatory work and will shortly start their operation at tackling the fires across Portugal.

Portugal has been experiencing wildfires for several days after temperatures rose to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Some 6,000 people, including volunteers, are taking part in daily efforts to contain and extinguish the fires, with the Portuguese military also involved.

The wildfires that gripped Portugal's Madeira Island claimed the lives of at least three people and destroyed some 100 buildings as well as prompted thousands of people to evacuate.

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