Over 60 dead in Portugal forest fire

Sunday 18 June 2017 2 months ago 35   Portugal   Print

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Report  Web desk : LISBON: A forest fire that engulfed villages in central Portugal has killed 62 people, trapping most of the victims in their cars, a government official said on Sunday. Four children were among the dead, 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. (01)