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Portugal fires - death toll climbs to 64

in News · 18-06-2017 10:13:00 · 3 Comments

The Portuguese Government has revealed that the death toll in the Pedrógão Grande blaze in Leiria has risen to 64 as the fire remained active this Monday.

Portugal fires - death toll climbs to 64

 

The number of people injured by the fire has also climbed to 64, with five in a serious condition, State Secretary Jorge Gomes told reporters.

 

The government has also since decreed three days of national mourning for the victims.

 

Portugal's PJ police have ruled out foul play with authorities believing the blaze was the result of dry lightning.

 

A total of 30 people died in their cars.

 

The fire remains highly active, with hundreds of fire-fighters battling the blaze on four separate fronts.

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Australian's contend with this sort of devastating fires every year. We understand how traumatic these fires are and our thoughts and prayers are with you, particularly the families who have lost everything, especially their loved ones.
by Miriam Hazel from Other on 19-06-2017 01:34:00
The Bombeiros stayed at my property all night fighting the fires and they have done a fantastic job, These guys are real heroes and enough thanks could never be given, May God bless you all and yr families and prays and thought to everyone affected by the fires.
by Jonpaul McIntyre from UK on 18-06-2017 10:47:00
If possible, would you post information on where to send donations and how to offer volunteer assistance? Thank you.
by Graham Strong from Lisbon on 18-06-2017 10:29:00

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