A massive forest fire in central Portugal has claimed 62 lives. The deaths occurred Saturday night as residents were trying to flee the area.
Prime Minister António Costa stated:
“We don’t have memory of such a human tragedy.”
— New York Times World (@nytimesworld) June 18, 2017
Most of the victims died near Pedrogao Grande when the fire overtook the road people were using to flee the area.
Portugal forest fire turns route 236 into road of hell
Trapped in his car by the raging wildfires that killed around 60 people in Portugal…
— LuisCampos_Monaco (@LuisCampos_ST) June 18, 2017
— Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) June 18, 2017
The Portuguese government has sent 700 firefighters along with 260 soldiers to fight the fire. Spain has sent 2 firefighting aircraft to help fight the fire and the European Union has promised to send more.
You can watch footage of the fire below:
Portugal is in mourning after a forest fire killed 62 people – many of the victims died in their cars while trying to escape the flames pic.twitter.com/VH6bJggCPd
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 18, 2017