Friday, August 31, 2012

Spanish Wildfires: Man Killed, Thousands Flee

Thousands of people, including hundreds of Britons, have been evacuated after a huge wildfire reached the tourist hotspot of Marbella.

Some 4,000 people fled their homes after the forest fire raged near Malaga on Spain's southern Costa del Sol, authorities said.

Two people have been seriously injured and one man has died. The body of the elderly man was found near a charred house where he had apparently returned after being evacuated, according to a spokesman for the Andalusia regional government.

Several hundred Britons were evacuated, including 300 who have been relocated to evacuation centres in the La Cala de Mijas and Calahonda areas, said a Foreign Office spokesperson.

No British casualties were reported but consular staff have been deployed to visit evacuation centres.

The flames broke out on Thursday in the Sierra Negra mountains, later stretching up to 12 kilometres. Half a dozen municipal districts have been affected. Read More