Extreme weather: 71 locations at serious risk of floods

Portugal’s environmental agency (APA) has outlined 71 areas that are at serious risk of floods – 12 of which are in the Algarve.

The report analyses extreme weather events that happened in Portugal since December 2011 and which could happen again.

Torres Vedras, Alcobaça, Lourinhã, Figueira da Foz, Chaves, Esposende, Braga and the Eastern Algarvean town of Vila Real de Santo António are considered the eight most vulnerable towns, with at least two critical points.

Albufeira (the town and INATEL beach), Faro (the town and the riverside), as well as Aljezur, Loulé, Quarteira, Vale de Lobo, Monchique, Silves and Tavira are the other areas considered at risk in the Algarve.

APA also found that 58% of the extreme weather events that were analysed in Portugal had a “medium or high impact on the local population” while 53% also had a serious impact on businesses.

The findings also show that 67% of Portugal’s coastal areas are at risk of coastal erosion, with Lisbon, Setúbal, Faro, Aveiro and Porto standing out as the most vulnerable areas.

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