Forest fire leaves at least 62 killed in PortugalAt least 54 people are injured. The Portuguese government decreed three days of national mourning.
A forest fire of great proportions, started in the afternoon of Saturday (17), already left 62 killed in Leiria district, in central Portugal, reported today (18) Secretary of Interior of Portugal, Jorge Gomes. At least 54 people are injured. The Portuguese government decreed three days of national mourning.
The Prime Minister, António Costa, visited the affected region and said “surely is the greatest national tragedy” in recent years in the country.
The largest number of victims was registered in the village of Pedrógão Grande, but the fire also spread by the Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera. According to Jorge Gomes, Fire has four active fronts, two of which are “extreme violence”. Balance sheets have been released each hour and the number of victims could increase.
altogether, 687 fire and 224 vehicles were driven to try to control the flames, but according to the Portuguese government for other forest fires in the country that prevent the full use of forces.
The Spanish government has fired and sent teams to assist in firefighting. Through the Civil Protection Mechanism, the European Union sent three planes to help in the work to control the fire.
The Judicial Police in Portugal are still investigating the causes of fire, He reported but not consider the fire as having criminal, It is the most likely to have begun with a radius falling on some dry tree and later spread by strong winds that affect the region.
Forest fires in Portugal are common during the summer. no Saturday, a heat wave elevated temperatures above the levels of 40 degrees Celsius.
Germany's Prime Minister, Angela Merkel, and Spain's Prime Minister, Manoel Rajoy, They linked to the Portuguese Prime Minister, António Costa, to provide solidarity and offer help.