Portugal forest fire: 62 killed

Portugal forest fire: 62 killed

A catastrophic forest fire in Portugal has claimed at least 62 lives, including four children, officials say. Most died while trying to flee the Pedrógão Grande area, 50 km (30 miles) south-east of Coimbra, in their cars, according to the government. Hundreds of firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze, which has spread across several fronts.

Prime Minister Antonio Costa called it “the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires”.

The death toll could rise further as many people remain missing, he warned. The authorities have declared three days of national mourning, starting on Sunday. Secretary of State for the Interior Jorge Gomes said that the majority of the victims died from smoke inhalation and burns, while two died in a road accident related to the fires.

He earlier said 30 bodies were found inside cars, with another 17 next to the vehicles, on one road leading on to the IC8 motorway. Another 11 died in a village next to the motorway. Flames raging around a road in Pedrógão Grande

Related Post

Chaos at airports worldwide as check-in systems crash
views 4
More than 100 airports around the world, including London's Heathrow and Gatwick, Charles de Gaulle in Paris, Changi in Singapore and Washington DC's ...
Paris attacks provoke fresh migrant fears in Europe
views 56
The news that one of the assailants in the Paris attacks may have crossed into Europe with refugees fleeing Syria is raising the fierce debate over Eu...
ISIS Praises ‘Lions of Islam’ for Paris Terror Attack
views 104
While most of the world condemned the terror attack at the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier Wednesday, ISIS, the terror movement th...
Rob O’Neill: Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden unmasked for first ...
views 26
Rob O’Neill, 38, undertook more than 400 combat missions and was decorated 52 times in a 16-year career as a member of SEAL Team Six. His father Tom O...
Egypt boat sinking: 108 Killed
views 112
The number of bodies recovered after a migrant boat capsized off the Egyptian coast on Wednesday has reached 108, with the death toll expected to rise...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK