Portugal wildfire worsens, 31 dead

A Coruna (Spain): Wildfires devastating the north-western corner of the Iberian Peninsula have till now taken life of at least 31 people in Portugal and four in Spain’s Galicia region.

Patricia Gaspar, a spokeswoman for Portugal’s Civil Protection service, said the latest death toll was still provisional as efforts to gather information from several villages encircled by the fires were ongoing, Efe news reported.

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At least 51 people were injured in the conflagrations, 15 of whom were in a serious condition. The victims succumbed to the flames in the central Portuguese districts of Coimbra, Guarda, Castelo Branco and Viseu, where the majority of the more than 500 wildfires that affected the country over the weekend broke out.

Around 145 fires were still active, Gaspar said and over 4,529 firefighters were battling to extinguish the infernos in Portugal. Fires were also ravaging areas of Portugal’s north and across the Spanish border similar blazes in the region of Galicia claimed four lives.

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In Spain, the victims were a 78-year-old man who died trying to save his animals in a village in the Orense province, officials said.