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16 of August, 14:29

The pilots of the Ministry of emergency situations rescued from the fire in the village in Portugal
In Portugal, the pilots of EMERCOM of Russia rescued from a forest fire a village with a population of a thousand people. Amphibious aircraft dropped 300 tons of water, eliminating fire hazards in the area of 200 hectares.

The North of Portugal national Park of Peneda-gerц?s. On the border with Spain at risk, the village of Castro Laboreiro and 800 of its inhabitants. Of video frames may seem that the fire is minor or it does not. However, the slightest wind, and small pockets even in rocky terrain will result in one major fire.

With the elements team of EMERCOM of Russia fights in 200 km from the base. The water amphibious aircraft be-200 draws at the mouth of the river miц?o. The terrain and width of the reservoir allow to splash down without complicated maneuvers. The plane is now moving in on the river. It will make the water intake. Within 15-20 seconds he will fill 8 tanks, only 12 tons. During this operation, in the cabin there is a strike, starts strong shaking. Be-200 instantly gaining altitude and then flying in the mountains to fire, to discharge the water back to the river. Fuel enough for 5 laps. For an experienced crew such an operation is not uncommon. To extinguish fires in this way had in Greece, France and Indonesia. To hit was the sniper flying in the mountains is necessary at low altitudes and at high wind gusts. Pilots work in such conditions requires special skills. As a result, over 4 hours on the fire, dumped 40 tons of water.

With the Russian team continue to work with the Moroccans and Italians. They fly on small planes Canadair. These machines are more maneuverable, but speed and power is twice less than the Russian. Each Board can only take 6 tons of water. The ship definitely has a local squad coordinator. He keeps in touch with colleagues on the ground and tells the crew the exact location of the fire.

Due to forest fires, their vacation was interrupted by the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa. August 14, he visited the military base of Monte real and thanked Russian rescuers. Portuguese services continue to operate in emergency mode. With fire fighting 4 thousand firefighters and hundreds of volunteers. Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has transferred 100 thousand euros from their own funds hometown of Funchal, which is also strongly affected by disaster.

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