61 killed in huge forest fires in central Portugal (VIDEO)

61 killed in huge forest fires in central Portugal (VIDEO)61 people have been killed in huge forest fires in central Portugal, many dying in their cars as they tried to flee the flames.

This is reported by The Guardian.

Three days of national mourning were declared in Portugal.

Country’s prime minister, António Costa, described the blazes as “the greatest tragedy we have seen in recent years in terms of forest fires”.

The fire broke out in the municipality of Pedrógão Grande before spreading fast.

The Iberian peninsular is sweltering under a severe heatwave, with temperatures exceeding 40C (104F) in some regions. About 60 forest fires took hold across Portugal on Saturday night, with 1,700 firefighters battling to put them out.

22 people burned to death in their cars after becoming trapped by flames on the road between Figueiro dos Vinhos and Castanheira de Pera:

Three others died from smoke inhalation.

More than 50 people were injured overall, with 18 of them taken to hospitals in Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra. Five of them – four firefighters and a child – were seriously injured.
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