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Smoke in Portugal hinders firefighting aircraft

Smoke in Portugal hinders firefighting aircraft

A further two people were being treated for major injuries.

The European Union said it had activated its civil protection efforts responding to a call for assistance by Portuguese authorities. France and Spain sent firefighting planes to help control the blaze. He said that "it was not possible to do more than what has been done" in prevention and responding to the fire.

The situation Deadly forest fires starting on Saturday, 17 June 2017 in the village of Escalos Fundeiros has swept through central Portugal killing at least 62, injuring 62 and displacing some 200 people to date.

The wildfire has had a dramatic effect on operations within central Portugal. Reporting for euronews, Filipa Soares said that no doubt the road on which many people lost their loves, their cars engulfed in the flames, will from now on be referred to as the "road of death".

Among them are at least four children.

"I've been back there four times and I don't know if it's going to look the same next time I visit again".

"Portugal knows exactly what it needs to do, and that is the sad thing about the current situation", Stoof told the Associated Press.

They stopped when they came to a policeman at a junction.

He says, however, the house that he has been building since 2009 in the region is now burned out. The number of injured is more than 60.

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A crisis cell in Paris and French embassy in Lisbon were mobilized to provide all the necessary support to the victim's family, it added.

"All of this is so hard to understand", said Antonio, whose five family members had been housed in a packed old-age home with other evacuees.

The mayor of Pedrogao Grande, Valdemar Alves, said that some villages had been "completely surrounded by flames", as quoted in the Publico newspaper.

"I am shocked and horrified by the many lives claimed by today's devastating fires that hit the Pedrogao Grande region of Portugal", Xinhua quoted Guterres as saying in a statement on Sunday.

These forest fires have become one of the most fatal in recent memories.

Image Below: A firefighter works to put out a forest fire near the village of Fato, central Portugal, June 18, 2017.

In Kazan, Russia, Portugal's national soccer team wore black arm bands and stood for a moment of silence with the Mexican team in solidarity with the forest fire victims.

An alert issued by Portugal's National Authority for Public Safety on Friday warned of an enhanced risk of wildfire ignition and spread due to the hot, windy weather. He said 17 others died outside their cars or by the road, 11 people died in the forest, two people died in a vehicle accident related to the fire and information was missing on the other deaths.


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