EU mobilizes planes in response to wildfires

STORY: A heatwave sweeping southern Europe has pushed temperatures above 104 Fahrenheit in some regions and has sparked fires which have scorched thousands of hectares across Portugal, Spain and France.

"We continue of course to monitor the situation during this unprecedented heatwave and will continue to mobilize support as needed," EU Commission spokesperson Balazs Ujvari told a briefing.

The EU was also providing satellite imagery to France, he added.

Separately, the EU executive announced in a report that almost half the territory of the bloc is currently at risk of drought.

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