Portuguese radio says 25 people killed in forest fires

Portuguese radio says 25 people killed in forest fires

Portuguese radio says 25 people killed in forest fires

"There are no words for that".

Many of those killed died while trapped in their cars as the blaze engulfed a road in the Pedrogao Grande area.

Neighbouring Spain's prime minister also offered support to Portugal.

As reported by The New York Post, Isabel Brandao, a resident in the area, said she feared for her life when she saw the fire coming.

Greece experienced its deadliest fires a decade ago. He said there was no information on the other two deaths. According to local reports, more than 50 people have been killed so far.

Another 54 people have been injured, including four firefighters and a child with serious injuries.

Mr Costa said a period of national mourning would be announced shortly. Some 600 firefighters were trying to put out the fires, which started Saturday.

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The forest fires are the worst to have hit Portugal since 1966, when 25 soldiers died fighting several blazes.

The blaze broke out yesterday afternoon in the municipality of Pedrogao Grande before spreading fast across several fronts.

Sixteen people were injured, including five firefighters.

Television footage showed hundreds of local residents being treated for smoke intoxication in emergency services tents set up in the area.

The authorities said very low smoke clouds prevented helicopters and fire planes dropping water on the flames efficiently for most of the day.

Pope Francis called on worshippers in Saint Peter's Square in the Vatican to pray for those affected by the "devastating fire" in Portugal.

Portugal's team is in Russian Federation, where it is set to start the Confederations Cup later on Sunday against Mexico. "All will be done to assist the authorities and people of Portugal at this time of need".

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"We express our condolences to those that have lost loved ones", the European Commission, executive arm of the European Union, said in a statement Sunday.

"This is a region that has had fires because of its forests, but we can not remember a tragedy of these proportions", said Valdemar Alves, mayor of Pedrogao Grande.

President Marcelo Rebelo went to the Leiria region to meet families of the victims, saying he was "sharing their pain in the name of all the Portuguese people".

A forest fire in central Portugal killed at least 19 people on Saturday, majority occupants of various vehicles that were on the road and caught in the blaze, an official said in televised remarks. "If it had rained, this would not happen". "I never thought it would come to this side", she said Sunday.

We have had large-scale fires before over the past couple of decades - this year is not unusual in that respect - but it is certainly unusual to have so many fatalities in one place.

A significant portion of the victims were found in cars in which they tried to escape from the fire covered the region Perdogan Grande. Interior Ministry official Jorge Gomes told CNN affiliate TVI. Government officials said an assessment will be made of the cause.

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