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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Strong winds, high temperatures fan flames in Montenegro - 25th Aug 2011

High winds and soaring temperatures have led to numerous outbreaks of fire in Montenegro, with the situation in the north of the country said to be especially serious, reported Radio Television Montenegro (RTCG) on Wednesday.

"The situation in the north is so worrisome that we will in coordination with protection and emergency services discuss further action," said Deputy Interior Minister for Emergency Situations Zoran Begovic.

According to the official, the towns of Pljevlja and Berane, not far from the Serbian border, are the most vulnerable.

With no rain in sight and temperatures expected to top 40 degree Celsius, firefighters and local volunteers have been able to slow the spread of a number of fires through Montenegro, but unable to extinguish most of them.

"With each hour the situation is worsening and slowly (the fire) is approaching houses," said Punisa Musikic from the village of Morakovo, east of Niksic. "If it descends further, all the houses will be lost." Read More