Most in Portugal's forest fire died in cars

Most in Portugal's forest fire died in cars

He said "the dimension of this fire has caused a human tragedy beyond any in our memory". Most died from smoke inhalation and burns. The ceremony took place before the teams' match Sunday at the Confederations Cup tournament.

FIFA President Gianni Infantino, attending the match, also offered his condolences. Firefighters did "all they could" when faced with the blaze, he added. "There are no words for that". Portugal, like most southern European countries, is prone to forest fires in the dry summer months.

The deadly blaze, which was just one of dozens that broke out Saturday, ravaged the heavily wooded municipality of Pedrogão Grande, roughly 100 miles from Lisbon. He said there was no information on the other two deaths.

He said the death toll was lowered from the previously reported 62 victims because one person had been counted twice.

Other 54 people were injured, including four firefighters and a seriously injured minor, Gomes told state broadcaster RTP. Portugal was sweltering under a severe heatwave on June 17, with temperatures exceeding 40 degrees Celsius in several regions.

Some 700 firefighters have been working to tackle the flames since Saturday.

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The loss of life due to a forest fire was the biggest in memory in Portugal.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday expressed sadness over the loss of lives in a forest fire in Portugal.

Even past year, the country was hit by a series of fires which destroyed more than 100,000 hectares of the mainland, the report added further.

On Sunday, Costa also tweeted his "deepest regret for the victims... and a word of encouragement and strength for all who help combat this scourge".

Francis referred to the "devastating fire" at the end of his Sunday prayer, delivered from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square.

Spain dispatched two water-bombing planes on June 18 morning to aid the Portuguese fire service on the ground, Costa said. The European Union said it would provide firefighting aircraft.

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A Spanish firefighting aircraft is assisting and another is expected to arrive later on Sunday, while France is also sending three aircraft.

Mariano Rajoy has tweeted that he is "overwhelmed by the tragedy at Pedrogao Grande". President Marcelo Rebelo went to the Leiria region to meet families of the victims, "sharing their pain in the name of all the Portuguese people", he said.

Raging forest fires in central Portugal killed at least 62 people, many of them trapped in their cars as flames swept over a road, in what the prime minister on Sunday called "the biggest tragedy" the country has experienced in years.

Resident Isabel Brandao told The Associated Press that she had feared for her life when she saw the blaze. "If it had rained, this would not happen". "I never thought it would come to this side", she said. "We were afraid the fire would reach us". Police say lightning striking a tree may have caused the fire. The rest of the bodies were found outside of the cars or in the forest, the official said.

Around 600 firefighters were trying to put out the blazes, which started on Saturday.

This item has been corrected to show that Jorge Gomes is an Interior Ministry official, not interior minister.

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