Tenerife fires displace 26,000 as WMO calls heat the ‘new norm’

Tenerife fires displace 26,000 as WMO calls heat the ‘new norm’

More than 26,000 people have faced evacuation as fires on Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, continued to blaze. The information account for emergency services said Saturday that people have been sent to shelters from affected regions including Los Realejos in the northern part of the island, which saw expanded evacuations….

Laureen Fagan

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Migrant shipwreck off Senegal claims at least 140 lives

At least 140 people died after a vessel carrying some 200 migrants sank off the Senegalese coast, along an increasingly common West African route that takes them to the Canary Islands, an autonomous region claimed by Spain. It was the deadliest shipwreck so far this year, according to the International…

Spain calls for firm defense in maritime dispute with Morocco

Lawmakers in Spain have approved a motion that supports a “firm position in defense of the integrity of the land and maritime territory” of the Canary Islands, as Morocco moves to redefine its territorial waters in a way that creates overlap with Spain’s maritime border there. This week’s decision is…

Calima winds fuel fires, drive Saharan dust across Canary Islands

Authorities in the Canary Islands called for evacuations as a Saharan dust storm, in some places driven by hurricane-force winds, fueled wildfires that drove people toward the beaches to seek refuge. In Tasarte, fires broke out on Saturday night and claimed some homes, although firefighters appeared successful in setting up…