Portugal: Forest fire deaths prompt national mourning


Portugal has declared three days of mourning for the 62 victims of one of the country's deadliest forest fires, reports BBC.

Four children are among the victims, many of whom were found dead inside their cars as they tried to flee the central forested region of Pedrógão Grande.

Hundreds of firefighters are continuing to tackle the blaze on several fronts.

Four firefighters are among the 54 people injured in the fire, which is raging in several parts of a mountainous area some 200km northeast of Lisbon.

There are fears the death toll could rise, as a number of people are still missing. The period of national mourning ends on Tuesday.

The fires began on Saturday during an intense heatwave and rainless thunderstorms, with temperatures of more than 40C in some areas. Police say lightning striking a tree may have caused the fire.


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