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Portuguese Prime Minister Thanks Russian Be-200 Crews for Tackling Wildfires

© Flickr / Pavel VankaRussian amphibious Be-200 aircrafts
Russian amphibious Be-200 aircrafts - Sputnik International
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has personally thanked Russian Emergency Situations Ministry firefighters for helping tackle Portugal's wildfire blazes, the ministry said Monday.

Beriev Be-200 amphibious firefighting aircraft - Sputnik International
Russian Amphibious Aircraft Arrive in Portugal to Help Tackle Wildfire
MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier, the ministry sent two Russian Beriev Be-200 multirole amphibious aircraft, which arrived on Saturday and started work on extinguishing Portugal's raging wildfires on Sunday.

"A meeting between the Portuguese prime minister and members of the Russian Emergencies Ministry air group took place in Leiria. He thanked Russia for helping and praised the Russian rescuers' work," the ministry's spokesperson said.

The two Russian aircraft dumped over 200 metric tons of water over the forest fires, making a total of 17 water intakes, according to the ministry.

Costa has also thanked Italian and Moroccan crews, which also took part in firefighting operations.

The Beriev Be-200 and its variants are designed mainly for firefighting, search and rescue and maritime patrol missions, as well as transporting cargo and passengers. It can take in up to 12.5 metric tons of water in a few seconds while traveling over a water surface before dumping the water onto a fire.

Portugal has been experiencing wildfires for several days after temperatures rose to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit). Five people died and over 300 have been hurt, according to the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection (ECHO) agency.

Wildfires are frequent in the country during summer months. In 2013, tens of thousands of hectares of forests were destroyed.

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