Portugal: 60 dead, several injured in wildfire

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Portugal: According to the information given by the officials, as many as sixty people lost their lives in an incident that took place in Portugal today and several others got injured in the deadliest wildfire that managed to destroy the entire central region of Leiria.

The fire, which began on Saturday afternoon, ignited in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande in Leiria, a huge plain with small villages crisscrossed by several national roads.

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonia Costa went on to say: “The dimension of this fire was such that we don’t have memory of such a human tragedy.”

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Costa further warned that the death toll could increase, adding there was currently more than 700 emergency staff deployed to tackle the blaze along with air support from Spain and France.

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