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

Man shoots nine people dead in Russia
views 7
Russian police are questioning a man suspected of killing nine people with a hunting rifle in a village 150km (93 miles) north-west of Moscow. The bo...
MH370 May Not Be In Indian Ocean
views 20
There have been plenty of conspiracy theories about what happened to missing jet MH370 but now the respected head of one of the world's leading airlin...
Korea ferry crew face hostile crowd
views 38
Fifteen crew members from the sunken South Korean ferry have appeared in court before hostile spectators to enter pleas on charges of negligence and f...
2 Window Washers Rescued After Being Trapped Outside The 68th Floor Of 1 Wo...
views 49
Two window washers were rescued after being trapped on a dangling scaffolding in downtown Manhattan, CBS New York reported. The window-washing scaffo...
Typhoon Vongfong slams into Japan
views 31
Powerful typhoon Vongfong slammed into Japan Monday morning, with at least one person missing and dozens injured while more than 300 flights were grou...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK