Portugal: 43 dead, 60 injured in forest fire

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Portugal: According to the information given by the sources, in an incident that took place in central Portugal where at least 43 people lost their life and 60 others got injured in forest fire while many of them got trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road.




The Prime Minister Antonio Costa has described this incident as “the biggest tragedy of human life that we have known in years”.

The fatalities occurred in the Pedrogao Grande area, about 95 miles north-east of the capital Lisbon, where about 700 firefighters have been trying to put out the fires since Saturday.




Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes said at least 16 people were killed when their vehicles were engulfed by flames on a road between the towns of Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera, and three others died from smoke inhalation in Figueiro dos Vinhos.